Using 3D Audio Guidance to Locate Indoor Static Objects
Paper i proceeding, 2006

Is 3D audio an interesting technology for displaying navigational information in an indoor environment? This study found no significant differences between map- and 3D audio navigation. The user tasks tested involved finding objects in a real office environment. In order to conduct the study, a custom-made 3D audio system was built based on a public-domain HRTF-library to playback 3D sound beacons through a pair of earphones. Our results indicate that 3D audio is indeed a qualified candidate for navigation systems, and may be especially suitable for environments or individuals where vision is obstructed, insufficient, or unavailable. The study also suggests that special cues should be added to the pure spatial information to emphasize important information.

audio perception

user study




head tracker

3D audio

auditive display




Samuel Sandberg

Chalmers University of Technology

Calle Håkansson

Chalmers University of Technology

Niklas Elmqvist

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap

Philippas Tsigas

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap

Fang Chen

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap, Datavetenskap, Interaction Design Collegium (Chalmers)

50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2006; San Francisco, CA; United States; 16 October 2006 through 20 October 2006

1071-1813 (ISSN)



Datavetenskap (datalogi)