microphone-equipped headphones for real-time audio alteration
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Matthew Karau
Transparent Headphones consist of a pair of headphones with a
high-quality microphone attached to the outside of each phone, and a
computer that processes the audio signal and sends it to these
headphones. This platform enables experiments in Transparent
Hearing, including real-time audio alteration, multi-modal sensory
integration, and collaborative listening experiences.
Scenarios explored thus far with Transparent Headphones:
Headphones with a Sense: Headphones that stop the music if
somebody wants to talk to you and patch the person's speech through.
Pseudophone: Headphones that allow you to hear in your
right ear what you normally hear in your left ear and vice versa.
I Hear What You Hear: Two sets of headphones that allow
you to hear what someone else hears, and vice versa, effectively
putting you "into somebody else's head" and enabling you to be
constantly connected to somebody else's audio environment.
Transparent Headphones originated as a project in Sile
O'Modhrain's Fall 2001 course "A Dialogue of the Senses".
Publications and Links
Florian Mueller and Matthew Karau, Transparent Hearing,
CHI 2002 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing
Systems, Minneapolis, 20 - 25 April 2002. (PDF)