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Marie Højlund

POKEHEAD: An Open Source Interactive Headphone Based HCI Platform

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  • Marie Højlund
  • Stefano Trento, Aalborg University, Italy
  • Visda Goudarzi, Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics Graz, Austria
  • Antoine Charon, Ecole Suprieure des Beaux-Arts du Mans, France
  • Shawn Trail, University of Victoria, United States
This paper introduces a novel interactive, human-computer
interface and remote social communication system based
on an augmented, hi-fidelity audio headphone platform.
Specifically, this system- named Pokehead, currently utilizes
the DUL embedded open-source accelerometer
platform to gather 3-axis position data in order to trigger
real-time sonic events via specified head gestures. These
gestures are mapped to sound models that convey particular
messages in order to control software on the mobile
device or to another, simultaneous POKEHEAD user. The
context for the project was motivated by the desire to take
advantage of the ubiquitous nature of headphone users in
a social and private setting along with networked mobile
devices such as smart phones and/or portable media player
devices. Our goals were to design an intuitive autonomous,
versatile, and practical interface context using a simple,
open source implementation. Our rapid prototype proved
to be robust enough to work in performance for demonstration
purposes and serves as a working proof of concept.
In this paper we provide a technical description of
our prototype, illustrate the context and motivation behind
the project, and offer insight on further uses and potential
developments for the viability of such technology for users
and developers alike.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2012
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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