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      Designing Immersive Audio Experiences for News and Information in the Internet of Things using Text-to-Speech Objects

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
      Human Computer Interaction Conference
      4 - 6 July 2018
      News, Objects, Text to Speech, Alexa, IoT, Speech, Interaction, Media


            The use of personal Internet-enabled objects is on the rise. The use of voice interactions and audio-based delivery of content are the preferred approach for these screen-less objects. In terms of the news industry, Text-To-Speech (TTS) is an obvious choice for repurposing readily available written articles of text for such platforms. Currently through flash briefing skills on services such as Amazon Echo, news publishers are seeking innovative new ways to distribute their content to new audiences. This paper continues the research of NewsThings and uses one of its prototypes, RadioThing, to evidence the problems that are currently present in TTS, how these challenges affect publishers and outlines seven recommendations when designing TTS objects for news and information content. These recommendations are suggested to improve the authenticity, immersion and production of audio-based journalism. Consequently, prompting the use of TTS as a viable form of media for local and regional news organisations.


            Author and article information

            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-5
            [0001]Media Innovation Studio

            University of Central Lancashire

            PR1 2HE
            © Lochrie et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.90
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Text to Speech,News,Objects,Alexa,IoT,Speech,Interaction,Media


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