Final Year Honours Project – A service connecting tourists with locals, giving them more genuine, culturally rich travel experiences.
Listen Here allows locals to introduce their favourite places to tourists by sharing live sounds from around the city. With the aim of preserving cultural diversity, it lets travellers see more than typical, commercial tourist attractions. Listen Here entices them to stray from the beaten track and learn about real, local life. A tangible, engaging map in the city centre is the focal point of the service.
Locals leave microphones that transmit ambient sounds in their favourite places, before marking them on the map. Visitors are then able to “listen in” to these places, gaining a sense of the atmosphere before choosing where to visit. Using sound alone to represent environments, creates a sense of mystery and encourages exploration.