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Olfactory enhanced multimedia applications: perspectives from an empirical study
Author(s): Oluwakemi A. Ademoye; Gheorghita Ghinea
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Paper Abstract

The increasing demand for multi-modal systems and applications that are highly interactive and multi-sensory in nature has led to the introduction of new media and new user interface devices in multimedia computing. Computer generated smell, also known as olfactory data, is one of such media objects currently generating a lot of interest in the multimedia industry. We are currently focusing our attention on exploring user perception of computer generated smell when combined with other media to enrich their multimedia experience. In this paper, we present the results of an empirical study into users' perception of olfactory enhanced multimedia displays. Results showed that users generally enjoy an enhanced multimedia experience when augmented by olfactory stimuli, and that the presence of such stimuli increases the sense of relevance. Whilst there is a general positive bias towards olfactory enhanced multimedia applications, specific properties of smell such as diffusion and lingering mean that in practice specific attention needs to be given when a mix of smells is associated with visualised multimedia content; moreover, it was found that whilst smell was incorrectly identified in some instances, the presence of smell per se is generally enough to create a richer user multimedia experience.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6504, Multimedia Computing and Networking 2007, 65040A (29 January 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.705704
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Oluwakemi A. Ademoye, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gheorghita Ghinea, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6504:
Multimedia Computing and Networking 2007
Roger Zimmermann; Carsten Griwodz, Editor(s)

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