Use of auditory cues for wayfinding assistance in virtual environment: music aids route decision
Dodiya, J. and Alexandrov, V. (2008) Use of auditory cues for wayfinding assistance in virtual environment: music aids route decision. In: 2008 ACM symposium on virtual reality software and technology , Bordeaux, France.
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This paper addresses the crucial problem of wayfinding assistance in the Virtual Environments (VEs). A number of navigation aids such as maps, agents, trails and acoustic landmarks are available to support the user for navigation in VEs, however it is evident that most of the aids are visually dominated. This work-in-progress describes a sound based approach that intends to assist the task of 'route decision' during navigation in a VE using music. Furthermore, with use of musical sounds it aims to reduce the cognitive load associated with other visually as well as physically dominated tasks. To achieve these goals, the approach exploits the benefits provided by music to ease and enhance the task of wayfinding, whilst making the user experience in the VE smooth and enjoyable.