by Amy Wallace
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
University of Surrey researchers have developed the Media Device Orchestration, an innovative home audio concept using all available devices in the living room.
Researchers at the University of Surrey in collaboration with the universities of Salford and Southhampton and BBC Research & Development created the Media Device Orchestration, or MDO.
The MDO allows users to have an immersive audio experience by using all available devices found in a typical living room, such as a laptop computer, smartphone or wireless mini-speaker.
The new technology works by isolating different items within audio content and connecting them to separate speakers in the room.
Currently, people are able to create a 3D listening experience using spatial audio technology, but it requires a complex set up with several speakers located around the room. This type of set up is difficult for an average person to do in their own home and is often limited to movie theaters and theme park rides.
"Most consumer audio transmitted into our homes is in the form of two-channel stereo which uses basic principles that have been around for over 130 years," Philip Jackson, senior lecturer in Machine Audition at the University of Surrey, said in a press release.
"To date, sophisticated multi-channel audio techniques have not helped to improve the listening experience for the general public. Our aim is to take spatial audio out of the lab and into people's homes, and give users the impression of being at the heart of the action while in their living room."
Advanced home video technology such as 3D TV and the growth of virtual reality for video games has created a need for audio technology to catch up to match the visual experience.
"New spatial audio methods have often required consumers to buy and install specific systems," Jon Francombe, research fellow in spatial audio in the University of Surrey's Institute of Sound Recording, said.
"We're trying to make immersive listening experiences available to anyone by intelligently re-purposing content for whatever devices they already have available. The feedback we've had on our demonstrations to date has been great: MDO produces a listening experience that's different to normal surround sound but can be equally, if not even more, immersive."
The research was presented this week at the Audio Mostly Conference.
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With cyberattacks on 3D printers likely to threaten health and safety, researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Georgia Institute of Technology have developed novel methods to combat them, according to a groundbreaking study. "They will be attractive targets because 3D-printed objects and parts are used in critical infrastructures around the world, and cyberattacks may cause fai ... read more
Space Technology News - Applications and Research
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|