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Virtual Reality: Making 3D Models Audible

Fraunhofer IDMT @ Hannover Messe

During the buying decision process, customers and consumers increasingly base their subjective assessment of a certain product on its acoustic properties – while some sounds are perceived as pleasant, conveying the impression of robustness and reliability, others are considered as unpleasant, promoting a feeling of untrustworthiness and uncertainty. So what a product sounds like when we are using it really matters.  

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, IDMT, presented its findings on a research project that merges Virtual Reality and acoustics at this year’s Hannover Messe. They make the sounds of electrically powered machines, devices, or components audible during virtual product development already. We visited their booth and Jakob Bergner explained us the details. Watch the video to see and hear what the project is all about.

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