[ 14. Oktober 2021 ]

DEGEM News – FWD – Call for Participation in Online Survey

Von: Constantin Popp
Datum: Thu, 14 Oct 2021
Betreff: DEGEM News: Call for Participation in Online Survey

Hi everyone,

My name is David and I’m a PhD student in the Audiolab at the University of York. As part of my work exploring the characteristics and affordances of multi-device audio experiences, I’m running a survey to obtain instances of experiences with multiple devices and distributed audio.

The inclusion criteria for this survey are as follows:

The term ‚multi-device audio experiences‘ is a broad term which encompasses a wide range of technologies and use-cases. We’re collecting experiences that use multiple devices for playing audio, where all playing devices can be perceived by the listener. We would like to obtain information on:

– products, platforms or systems that support and deliver multi-device audio experiences (Example: a SONOS sound system)
– single experiences, or pieces of content which include multiple devices playing audio (Example: A silent disco)
The inclusion criteria in more detail are provided below. Ideally, your entry must fit all three criteria.

1. The Platform/Experience must employ multiple devices with loudspeakers.

Explanation: Essentially, any platform or experience that includes at least two devices that have loudspeakers (including any type of headphones). This aims to encapsulate any devices capable of playing audio, this includes but is not limited to smartphones, tablets, laptops, TV’s, Bluetooth speakers and smart speakers.

2. The audio content must be distributed across the devices.

Explanation: The experience must be capable of playing audio over multiple devices, whether that’s simultaneously or intermittently. An example that does not fit this criterion is streaming audio content from one device to another using AirPlay or Chromecast.

3. The devices must be co-located in a single space, or group of adjoining spaces.

Explanation: This final specification aims to make a distinction between a loudspeaker array where devices are within the same vicinity, and a group of individual devices remotely connected over the Internet. For example, the devices can be located either in a single room, or across multiple rooms in a building. This criterion excludes teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom or Skype and traditional phone calls.

If you know of any experiences that may be of this kind, and would like to contribute, please follow the link to the survey below. It only takes around 5 minutes to complete and your help is very much appreciated. You are also more than welcome to complete the survey multiple times if you have more than one entry to share.

Survey link: https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8HRb1dk6ouxQexw

Many thanks!