Auditory browsing for acquisition of information in cyberspace

Naoto Oki, Kunio Teramoto, Ken ichi Okada, Yutaka Matsushita

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Today, various novel telecommunication systems have been proposed. The idea of a virtual communication space shared by multiple distributed users via networks, so-called cyberspace, has received considerable communication. In cyberspace, there are tremendously many users, on-line services, and much information, and users have great opportunity to encounter all of these. We think the most serious problem in cyberspace is the great risk that a user might miss a chance to get relevant or important information. In this paper, we propose a strategy for auditory browsing to address this problem, using a spatial sound interface. We implemented VCP (Virtual Cocktail Party), an experimental system for achieving efficient and flexible telecommunication and data retrieval, which takes advantage of human auditory capability. This system can support a number of physically separated users in a single shared sound cyberspace and consists of distributed terminals with a spatial sound interface.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE 12th International Conference on Data Engineering - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: 1996 Feb 261996 Mar 1


OtherProceedings of the 1996 IEEE 12th International Conference on Data Engineering
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems


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