Sound of vision - Spatial audio output and sonification approaches

Michal Bujacz*, Karol Kropidlowski, Gabriel Ivanica, Alin Moldoveanu, Charalampos Saitis, Adam Csapo, György Wersenyi, Simone Spagnol, Omar I. Johannesson, Runar Unnthorsson, Mikolai Rotnicki, Piotr Witek

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The paper summarizes a number of audio-related studies conducted by the Sound of Vision consortium, which focuses on the construction of a new prototype electronic travel aid for the blind. Different solutions for spatial audio were compared by testing sound localization accuracy in a number of setups, comparing plain stereo panning with generic and individual HRTFs, as well as testing different types of stereo headphones vs custom designed quadrophonic proximaural headphones. A number of proposed sonification approaches were tested by sighted and blind volunteers for accuracy and efficiency in representing simple virtual environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs - 15th International Conference, ICCHP 2016, Proceedings
EditorsChristian Bühler, Petr Penaz, Klaus Miesenberger
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319412665
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2016 - Linz, Austria
Duration: 13 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2016

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

Other keywords

  • Electronic travel aid
  • HRIR
  • HRTF
  • Sonification
  • Sound model
  • Sound synthesis
  • Spatial audio


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