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A Survey on the Affordances of “Hearables”

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Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Concordia University, 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
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Perform Centre, Concordia University, 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
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Inventions 2018, 3(3), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions3030048
Received: 29 May 2018 / Revised: 9 July 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 14 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Frontiers in Wearable Devices)
Recent developments pertaining to ear-mounted wearable computer interfaces (i.e., “hearables”) offer a number of distinct affordances over other wearable devices in ambient and ubiquitous computing systems. This paper provides a survey of hearables and the possibilities that they offer as computer interfaces. Thereafter, these affordances are examined with respect to other wearable interfaces. Finally, several historical trends are noted within this domain, and multiple paths for future development are offered. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-sensors; ear technology; hearables; ubiquitous computing; wearables bio-sensors; ear technology; hearables; ubiquitous computing; wearables
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Plazak, J.; Kersten-Oertel, M. A Survey on the Affordances of “Hearables”. Inventions 2018, 3, 48.

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