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Evaluation of a Low-Cost 3D Sound System for Immersive Virtual Reality Training Systems
March/April 2007 (vol. 13 no. 2)
pp. 204-212

Abstract—Since Head Mounted Displays (HMD), datagloves, tracking systems, and powerful computer graphics resources are nowadays in an affordable price range, the usage of PC-based "Virtual Training Systems” becomes very attractive. However, due to the limited field of view of HMD devices, additional modalities have to be provided to benefit from 3D environments. A 3D sound simulation can improve the capabilities of VR systems dramatically. Unfortunately, realistic 3D sound simulations are expensive and demand a tremendous amount of computational power to calculate reverberation, occlusion, and obstruction effects. To use 3D sound in a PC-based training system as a way to direct and guide trainees to observe specific events in 3D space, a cheaper alternative has to be provided, so that a broader range of applications can take advantage of this modality. To address this issue, we focus in this paper on the evaluation of a low-cost 3D sound simulation that is capable of providing traceable 3D sound events. We describe our experimental system setup using conventional stereo headsets in combination with a tracked HMD device and present our results with regard to precision, speed, and used signal types for localizing simulated sound events in a virtual training environment.

Index Terms:
3D sound simulation, virtual environments, virtual training.
Citation:
Kai-Uwe Doerr, Holger Rademacher, Silke Huesgen, Wolfgang Kubbat, "Evaluation of a Low-Cost 3D Sound System for Immersive Virtual Reality Training Systems," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 204-212, March-April 2007, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2007.37
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