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Microsoft approached us to create a sonic identity to enhance the user experience for HoloLens, a groundbreaking product that brings high-definition holograms to life.
We began by analyzing every interaction within the user experience and identifying key moments where sound plays a critical role.
Our solution was to create simple, clean, and pleasing audio feedback that would sound uniquely holographic.
We delivered a suite of sounds that are categorized into three distinct moments within the user experience: Environmental, Human, and OS.
Environmental sounds are inspiring, welcoming, and comfortable – they help the user navigate through the mixed reality environment.
Human sounds provide haptic tactility to user actions and supply the feeling of touch when interacting with holograms.
Because users interact with Hololens by moving their hands through mid-air, we paired button-like selection moments with evocative sounds that give the user a sense of interacting with the real world.
We created an adaptation of the familiar, fluid, and warm tones of Microsoft Windows 10.
To mirror the immersive nature of the product, for the first time, these sounds are designed as a key element of the user experience.