A whisper in the woods - an ambient soundscape for peripheral awareness of remote processes
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The concept of a weakly intrusive ambient soundscape (WISP) is presented as a means to provide a peripheral awareness of processes beyond a user's immediate attention. The WISP is a component in a larger environment for ubiquitous computing, centered around a conference room scenario. The experiences from a demonstration prototype indicate that the choice of sounds and the intensity of their presentation can greatly influence the way the WISP is perceived. The work relates in various ways to the sonification of data and audio-based techniques for maintaining peripheral awareness.