Sonification & Immersive Technology
Sonification is the representation of data using non-verbal sound. This is of particular interest for accessibility, as a means to include people with visual impairments (VI), but can we also add a new dimension to visualisations or even exploit audio to better understand data or make discoveries? In this talk, I will introduce some of the ideas behind this burgeoning approach, particularly from two strands – sonification for outreach and sonification for research. In particular, how we have used the STRAUSS code to develop audio sequences a planetarium show for visually impaired children, and also to convey data in novel ways. I will talk a little about how we might hope to connect these strands for a more unified approach. Finally, I will discuss how we might combine visuals with the unique spatialised audio capabilities of Virtual Reality for immersive and accessible experiences, hoping to demonstrate some in-development examples.