Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W


This is a look at human bandwidth and how it applies to human-human interaction and human-computer interaction. The paper discusses what human bandwidth means and what must be done to try to expand it. Current methods of expanding bandwidth are discussed. The methods include detection of subvocal activity, facial expression detection, eye tracking, emotion detection in digital music, pen based musical input systems, and augmented reality. After explaining these methods, the paper focuses on using some of the technologies together to give an idea of what the future of interaction with computers might look like. These proposed ideas include emotion based music, various uses for augmented reality, and composing music with the mind.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts