[Feature Article] At the AES 120th Convention earlier this year in Paris, Jyri Huopaniemi of Nokia chaired a workshop on the important topic of binaural technology for mobile applications. Mobile applications refers to any audio technology that embraces the idea of mobility, such as handheld devices, museum guides, telephones, and the like. The aim of such applications—in areas such as enhancing user interfaces, gaming and entertainment, communication, personal content, and virtual reality—is to enhance the immersive experience of the user. A new mobile Java standard that supports 3-D audio had recently been released. This includes elements related to source properties, room properties, and listener properties, all of which were discussed by the panelists, who provided a balance between scientific and commercial perspectives.
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