2015 Workgroup Topic Proposals

Singing with Your Thumbs

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What could replace ringtones as the next big personalized audio upgrade?

I think Peter Drescher heard the future back in 2007 when he wrote “Singing With Your Thumbs: How To Make User Interfaces Musical.” (If you’re lucky, the little JavaScript audio player I wrote to present his examples will still work.)

In the article, Peter, who’s also a two-time BBQ speaker, shares his insights on adding warmth and personality to devices through evocative sound. In the emerging Internet of Things, imagine how much further that could go if devices not only sung beautifully, but also harmonized with each other and the environment.

Peter Drescher
Who says there’s no sound in space?
2014 Workgroup Topic Proposals

Audio Opportunities in Emerging Wearable and IoT

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What wearable and IoT applications featuring audio will make a splash and stick?  What applications will just splat?  What sound voice, speech and audio technologies will make a difference in these emerging applications?  What advances in sound technologies are needed in the next five years to create compelling and sustainable applications in this space?  Let’s brainstorm potential applications with real consumer value propositions, debate their merit, prioritize them and define a sound technology roadmap to support them.