Investigating User Preference for Mobile Auditory Notifications in Different Contexts

Frederic Kerber, Antonio Krüger

In: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature. Workshop on Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature (NatureCHI-2017) September 4-7 Vienna Austria NatureCHI~'17 NatureCHI 2017.


Notifications received on mobile devices such as smartphones or smartwatches have become indispensable. Apart from visual and haptic ones, especially auditory notifications are common. While often different applications use different sounds, the user’s context is only seldom taken into account. In this paper, we investigate how people perceive auditory notifications depending on different contexts. Our results indicate that consistent notifications, e.g. a nature sound in a forest environment, are preferred.

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Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence