‘Audio Factory’ is a Compelling Showcase of Google’s Spatial Audio Engine for VR – Road to VR

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Google has released a Daydream VR app called Audio
Factory
, a polished and even entertaining demonstrating
their Spatial Audio Engine for VR. Described as “VR’s second
sense”, spatial audio is a key aspect of maintaining a high
level of immersion, and all major VR platform providers offer
their own solutions as part of their SDKs, including
Google.

‘Direction’ in VR—as in, how to effectively direct the user’s
attention when they are allowed to look wherever they please—is
still a major design challenge for many VR content creators who
are making the leap to this new medium. Although sight is
clearly the leading attention-getter, how can you draw the
user’s attention to what’s outside of their field of view? With
their new Daydream app,
Audio Factory
, Google has effectively demonstrated
the answer: spatial audio; that which sounds as if it’s
originating from a distinct source within the VR environment.

Photo courtesy Google

Released alongside Google’s I/O Developer event last week, the

Audio Factory
app is a compelling showcase of the
significance of spatial audio in VR, presenting a variety of
interactive environments that highlight “evocative sound
design”. Ostensibly the app is designed to demonstrate how
useful and important spatial audio design is to developers and
game designers, but it’s such a polished experience that…

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