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Emerging and Exotic Auditory Interfaces

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Anticipating some emerging audio devices and features, this paper surveys trends in mobile telephony (especially regarding mobile internet in Japan), wearable/intimate multimedia computing, handheld/nomadic/portable interfaces, and embedded systems like multimedia furniture, especially including research by the author's own group, which has built interfaces using Java3D, MPEG-4, and QTVR. Such extended and enriched audio interfaces encourage multipresence, the inhabiting by sources and sinks of multiple spaces simultaneously, allowing, for instance, a user to monitor several aligned spaces at once (conferences, entertainment, navigation, warnings, etc.). Keywords: audio interaction, CVEs (collaborative virtual environments), handheld/mobile/portable interfaces, integration of mobile devices and telecommunication, mobile internet, multimodal interaction, telerobotics, ubicomp (ubiquitous computing) technology, wearable/intimate multimedia computing.

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