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P-0201-03-S
Voice Communication in Virtual Reality Environments

By Carlos Sterling - Feb 03 - Present
Committee: Dr. Tulio Sulbaran (Chair), Prof. Doris Kemp
Project Objective
The primary goal of this paper is to describe a project that focused on the creation of an interface that allows voice communication among VR users. This project augments the existing text-chat capabilities in VR environments by making the interaction among users more natural.  The migration from text-chat to a more natural communication such as voice is a developing trend on the Internet. Jack Woodall supports this with the statement that “Sound & image are the natural means of human communication, not writing. Therefore voice should eventually replace text on the Internet” [Healthnet Medical Discussion 1999].  Additionally, the author believes that this interface will foster interaction among VR Users.  The development of voice communications in VR has the overall effect of being a training tool in everyday situations, which will eliminate the users need to convert their thoughts into text format. 

 

Abstract
Current users of Virtual Reality (VR) Environments distributed over the Internet, communicate among themselves using text-chat. Text-chat is a slow communication process, which distracts the users from their main task in the VR environment. The primary goal of this paper is to describe a project that focused on the creation of an interface that allows voice communication among VR users. The resulting interface from this project allows anyone using a VR Environment over the Internet to logon to a voice communications server from anywhere in the world. The users are able to communicate without having to install new software on their computer. This type of communication is expected to foster people’s abilities to share their ideas and solutions to problems in research, education, and/or professional environments anywhere on earth where there’s a computer with Internet access.

 

Project Results

Voice Communications (HTML Format)

Voice Communications (Virtual World Format)

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Last Modification: Thursday July 28, 2005 04:00 PM
Originally Developed by: Dr. Tulio Sulbaran - Email: Tulio.Sulbaran@usm.edu  - Nov 2004
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