Acoustic Transparency and the Changing Soundscape of Auditory Mixed Reality

McGill, M., McGookin, D., Wilson, G. and Brewster, S. (2020) Acoustic Transparency and the Changing Soundscape of Auditory Mixed Reality. In: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI' 20 Extended Abstracts), Honolulu, HI, USA, 25-30 April 2020, ISBN 9781450367080 (doi:10.1145/3313831.3376702)

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Abstract

Auditory headsets capable of actively or passively intermixing both real and virtual sounds are in-part acoustically transparent. This paper explores the consequences of acoustic transparency, both on the perception of virtual audio content, given the presence of a real-world auditory backdrop, and more broadly in facilitating a wearable, personal, private, always-available soundspace. We experimentally compare passive acoustically transparent, and active noise cancelling, orientation-tracked auditory headsets across a range of content types, both indoors and outdoors for validity. Our results show differences in terms of presence, realness and externalization for select content types. Via interviews and a survey, we discuss attitudes toward acoustic transparency (e.g. being perceived as safer), the potential shifts in audio usage that might be precipitated by adoption, and reflect on how such headsets and experiences fit within the area of Mixed Reality.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This research received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (#835197, ViAjeRo).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Graham and Brewster, Professor Stephen and McGookin, Dr David and McGill, Dr Mark
Authors: McGill, M., McGookin, D., Wilson, G., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450367080
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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