Augmenting TV Viewing using Acoustically Transparent Auditory Headsets

McGill, M., Mathis, F., Williamson, J. and Khamis, M. (2020) Augmenting TV Viewing using Acoustically Transparent Auditory Headsets. In: ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences (IMX ’20), Cornella, Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 June 2020, pp. 34-44. ISBN 9781450379762 (doi:10.1145/3391614.3393650)

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Abstract

This paper explores how acoustically transparent auditory headsets can improve TV viewing by intermixing headset and TV audio, facilitating personal, private auditory enhancements and augmentations of TV content whilst minimizing occlusion of the sounds of reality. We evaluate the impact of synchronously mirroring select audio channels from the 5.1 mix (dialogue, environmental sounds, and the full mix), and selectively augmenting TV viewing with additional speech (e.g. Audio Description, Directors Commentary, and Alternate Language). For TV content, auditory headsets enable better spatialization and more immersive, enjoyable viewing; the intermixing of TV and headset audio creates unique listening experiences; and private augmentations offer new ways to (re)watch content with others. Finally, we reflect on how these headsets might facilitate more immersive augmented TV viewing experiences within reach of consumers.

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:Williamson, Dr Julie and Mathis, Mr Florian and Khamis, Dr Mohamed and McGill, Dr Mark
Authors: McGill, M., Mathis, F., Williamson, J., and Khamis, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450379762
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).
First Published:First published in IMX '20: ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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