I'm sure starships have alarms - alarm designer interview

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I'm sure starships have alarms - alarm designer interview

Postby southwestforests on Sun 20 Nov 2016 14:49

An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways
There's an art and science to making one sound seem more urgent than another.
by Ella Morton November 15, 2016

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/an ... ctive-ways

The plane’s speed slowed to dangerous levels, activating the stall alarm—the one, in the words of Popular Mechanics, “designed to be impossible to ignore.” It blared the word “Stall!” 75 times.

Everyone present ignored it. Within four minutes, the plane had hit the water.

Alarm sounds are engineered to elicit particular responses in humans. And yet, sometimes, humans choose not to respond, having decided that the situation is not urgent enough or that the sound is a false alarm. Audio alarm designers seek to avoid this by designing sounds that have an intuitive meaning and precisely reflect the level of urgency. But what makes an “awooga” sound more or less urgent than a “ding”? And how do you create an alarm noise that’s annoying enough to get someone’s attention, but not so annoying that said person disables the alarm?

Auditory alarm designers like Carryl Baldwin face these questions regularly. Baldwin, a human factors psychologist, constructs sounds in a lab, tests those sounds on human subjects to see if they are communicating the intended meaning, and ensures they are appropriate for use as alarms in household, aviation, medical, and automotive settings.
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Re: I'm sure starships have alarms - alarm designer interview

Postby Cralis on Sun 20 Nov 2016 18:41

Wow. I've heard the stall alarm. How in the heck can you ignore it going off 75 times?
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