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An Empirical Study of Hear-Through Augmented Reality: Using Bone Conduction to Deliver Spatialized Audio

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An Empirical Study of Hear-Through Augmented Reality: Using Bone Conduction to Deliver Spatialized Audio
Augmented reality (AR) is the mixing of computer-generated stimuli with real-world stimuli. In this paper, we present results from a controlled, empirical study comparing three ways of delivering spatialized audio for AR applications: a speaker array, headphones, and a bone-conduction headset. Analogous to optical-see-through AR in the visual domain, Hear-Through AR allows users to receive computer-generated audio using the bone-conduction headset, and real-world audio using their unoccluded ears. Our results show that subjects achieved the best accuracy using a speaker array physically located around the listener when stationary sounds were played, but that there was no difference in accuracy between the speaker array and the bone-conduction device for sounds that were moving, and that both devices outperformed standard headphones for moving sounds. Subjective comments by subjects following the experiment support this performance data.
Robert W. Lindeman, Haruo Noma, Paulo Gonça
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where VR
Authors Robert W. Lindeman, Haruo Noma, Paulo Gonçalves de Barros
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