Transparent hearing

Florian Mueller, Matthew Karau

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This paper describes what we call Transparent Hearing: the use of microphone equipped headphones for augmented audio. It provides a framework for experiments like real-time audio alteration, multi-modal sensory integration and collaborative listening experiences. We attach high-quality microphones to headphones and send the signal through a computer to these headphones. We have built headphones that stop the music if somebody wants to talk to you, a pseudophone, and collaborative I Hear What You Hear headphones that are triggered by eye-contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2002
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2002Apr 25 2002


OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Augmented audio
  • Binaural
  • Headphones
  • Infrared
  • Microphones
  • Pseudophone
  • Range finding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Mueller, F., & Karau, M. (2002). Transparent hearing. 730-731. Paper presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Minneapolis, MN, United States.