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AUDIO-NAVIGATION: What are the benefits of utilising diegetic spatial audio in audio-navigation software?
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The task of navigating and orienting oneself in an unknown environment might seem arbitrary to most people. For a person with a visual impairment however, it can prove to be a challenge. Much research has been conducted to provide useful software solutions to aid this problem. Nevertheless, not enough research has been put into studying the use of our everyday sounds for such software. The present thesis is aimed at evaluating the usefulness of utilising diegetic spatial audio. After a real environment was replicated in a virtual audio environment without visual input, 16 sound students from the University of Skövde were asked to perform the same set of tasks in the virtual and the real environment. The results indicated that diegetic spatial audio is an important part of navigating without vision and that the experiment would be interesting to perform on a larger scale with visually impaired participants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
diegetic audio, visual impairment, audio-navigation, spatial knowledge, spatial cognition, sound design
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6176OAI: diva2:543044
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Computer Science
Educational program
Serious Games - Master's Programme
Available from: 2012-08-20 Created: 2012-08-06 Last updated: 2012-08-20Bibliographically approved

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