Auretigaa! is an auditory game that was developed for testing and assisting the objectives of the Sound of Vision project. Developers at the Széchenyi István University from Győr, Hungary uploaded an Android application to the Google PlayStore called Auretigaa!, an auditory reaction time game. It can be downloaded for free.
The app is a research tool covered behind entertaining gaming scenarios. Users have to enter a user ID, age and gender data and can select from various sound types such as white noise, pink noise, clicks, sinus and speech. Furthermore, these sounds can be spatialized in three or five directions: left, center, right and left, left-center, center, right-center and right directions respectively. The direction is simulated via stereo panning in the horizontal plane. Users may set the length of individual tests, however, the pre-set of 10 randomized questions is a good start.
During gameplay, after connecting a headset, users have to react as fast as possible by pressing the appropriate button indicating directions on the touch-screen. Correct answers as well as reaction times will be displayed and all the data will be logged. Players can achieve higher scores by being more accurate and fast. After each game and in case of WiFi connection, a log-data will be synchronized with a server and will be evaluated using crowdsourcing techniques. Players can play with all sounds and directions in unlimited times (for scientific purposes it is recommended to use the same user ID for the same player all the time). Collected data will be statistically evaluated and compared with laboratory data. Although this kind of quick reaction is not a requirement of the SoV device and device latencies are part of the results, answers on average, minimum and maximum values of reaction times to spatialized auditory stimuli using mobile devices can be a contribution to further developments.
To get the free game, search for “Auretigaa” on Google Play or go to https://play.google.com/store/search?q=auretigaa