Over the last decade, the whole world has become obsessed by augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. For those unacquainted, virtual reality produces computer-generated, 3D environments which can be interacted with in a deep immersive way. Augmented reality and mixed reality are a blend of virtual reality with real life. Developers can also create imagery to blend in with features of the real world. A great example of this is that this technology can be used in museums to enable visitors to perceive an additional layer of information by animating the subject such as displaying missing parts of a damaged sculptures to replicate what it may have looked like in its original form. While all three techniques are incredibly powerful tools, optimization of this technology relies on dynamic, binaural 3D sound.
Binaural 3D sound is more authentic to the ears than 2D stereo. 3D sound is designed to replicate the way we hear spatially. It leverages how humans consume auditory facts in our natural environment. It engages the listener by offering a bearing that enables them to sense where they are relative to the noises that are around them. The origin of sounds can perceivably move about the listener, locating the listener as if they were standing in the natural environment in a 3D soundscape.
By integrating 3D sound, new spatial info is introduced to the virtual reality experience that enables the audiences to sense things happening in their virtual environment. The audience can imagine their selves in a scene from a horror movie where they are chased through the woods. You can hear the assailant sounds closer than ever and your stumbling feet kicking a bunch of dead leaves. Manipulating this type of audible sensory perception has the potential to completely reshape the virtual reality experience.
The AR, MR and VR industry is just beginning now to explore the possibilities of binaural 3D audio. The efforts to harness this technology are still in its early development but is now expected to advance very quickly. In the next years, 3D spatial audio is expected to spark and revolutionize our standard for multimedia listening experience. As the same as how high-def televisions have enhanced our everyday viewing experience, binaural 3D audio is expected to re-define our listening experiences and reshape the production of music, radio and movies. The future of AR, VR and MR is on the verge of an inevitable collision course with binaural 3D audio. The pending explosion of creativity could be astounding and amazing. So, we should keep our eyes open and also listen to it. This combination of 3D art is coming soon to your ears.
Learn more about virtual and augmented realities by visiting the blog of Hassan Sadiq Himex here. Hassan is a tech entrepreneur who specializes in Smart city IOT’s and 3D Mapping. He currently is chairman at WRLD which is a software technology company. Know more about Hassan by visiting the Hassan Sadiq Himex Twitter page here.