Sound and Interaction Properties and Context Description of Tourist Areas

Barbara Schuler & Stefano Teseo, Zürich 11.1.2007




Product: Ticketing vending machine for public transportation Zürich
Function: Sells tickets for all public transportation in Zürich, to pay with money



Interaction

Process of interaction: Pressing buttons to choose a ticket, read amount of money from screen, throw coins into the slot, wait until the ticket is printed, remove ticke from tray
Type: Pressing, holding, throwing in, pushing, grabbing
Force: light human force
Human manipualtion: Pressing button with the index finger until it beeps and then release button, hold coin between index finger and thumb, throw coin into slot, push against the plastic door of the tray until ticket can be reached
Configuration: The ticket vending machine is about 2 m high and 1 m wide. It has a rectangle form and is ainly built of metal. At the front there is text, a small screen to show the amount of money, buttons, and a tray where the ticket falls in.
Surface properties: The buttons have a lightly structured surface.


Sound

Metallic click of button presst, beep of button, metallic clicking and shifting of coins, metallic, cold hitting and clinking of coin falling inside the machine, high printing sound of ticket printed, paper shifting over metal, clacking sound of the plastic door of the tray.

Context

Busy street (Bahnhofstrasse) in the center of Zurich in front of a ticket vending machine. The sound of the interaction is surrounded by walking and talking of people, and the noise of the traffic, the squeaking of retards and the electric hum of trams.


Product: Glass door at a coffee shop in Zurich
Function: Automatically opening and closing the door at the entrance of a coffee shop



Interaction

Process of interaction: Approaching the door, it opens automatically, at a certain distance. After some seconds it closes again automatically
Type: Approaching
Force: No force at all
Human manipualtion: Approaching the door by walking square to the door
Configuration: The door is made from glass and transparent
Surface properties: It has a glassy surface


Sound

There is a little hard rolling sound of some wheels. It's hard to localise. If the doors come together and the doors open completely, there is a small bumping sound.

Context

Busy street (between Rennweg and Bahnhofstrasse) in the center of Zurich. The sound of the interaction is surrounded by walking and talking of people, and the noise of the traffic outside and the noise of coffee machine, clinking of tableware and talking of people inside.


Product: Tea cup, tea, teabag, spoon and sugar bag
Function: Drinking tea



Interaction

Process of interaction: Tear the sugar bag open, pour sugar into tea, take tea bag out of tea, squeeze tea bag out and remove it, stirr tea, raise tea cup to drink tea.
Type: Tearing, pouring, taking, squeezing, stirring, raising, drinking, swallowing
Force: light force
Human manipualtion: Tear sugar bag open by holding it in both hands between index finger and thumb, pour sugar into tea by holding it in one hand and tilting, take tea bag out of tea by pulling it at the string, squeeze tea bag out by putting tea bag onto the spoon and wrapping the string around teabag and spoon and then pull, stirr tea with spoon, grab tea cup at the handle and move to the mouth, drink.
Surface properties: glassy, smooth metal, smooth paper, wet, hot and soft teabag, thin, lightly hairy, smooth string


Sound

Crackling and tearing sound of paper, low trickling sound of sugar, splashing sound of tea drops, hard and cold clinking of metal hitting against glass, slurping and swallowing sound of drinking, hard clack and light clinking of cup set back into place

Context

Noise of coffee machine, clinking of tableware and talking of people.



Sound and Interaction Properties and Context Description of Spraying Bottle



Product: Plastic spraying bottle containing liquid to clean glasses
Function: Spraying a fine film of liquid onto glasses

Interaction

Process of interaction: Holding the bottle in one hand and pressing the index finger on the button on top of the bottle, it disperses very fine drops of the liquid. Hold the bottle in front of the target object about 10 cm away.
Type: holding, pressing
Force: light force
Human manipualtion: Pressing down a button, holding in a certain direction
Surface properties: Lightly structured plastic, smooth plastic


Sound

Low fizzling sound of the liquid escaping the small opening in the spraying head. Low sqeaking of plastic grinding. Low sucking of liquid sucked up.