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In June, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened a special new exhibition highlighting how sports helped unite the nation in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack.
Over 10 stations guide the visitor through a different emotional state from the roar of a stadium crowd to an emotional rendition of the National Anthem. Audio was a critical consideration for the exhibit as sound bleed or echoes from one exhibit to the next dilute the experience. For this reason, CG Partners and Electrosonic turned to Brown Innovations for their directional audio needs
The exhibit required a visually low profile directional speaker for a challenging museum space. The speaker needed to be smaller than the listening region. Brown Innovations developed the CT24 Wide Dispersion, a color customized flat panel speaker designed to create an isolated zone of audio for small groups of people in front of each display. This groundbreaking new product, which is the size of a standard 2’ x 2’ ceiling tile is not only capable of creating a 4’ x 4’ audio zone, but also incorporates t-coil technology allowing hearing impaired guests with compatible devices to fully experience the exhibition.
Our directional speakers incorporating t-coil technology eliminates the need for separate systems.
Beyond museums, hearing loops also serve houses of worship, theaters, courts, auditoriums, drive through stations, ticket windows, kiosks, way finding stations, transportation centers, offices, and education facilities.
“Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” will be open to the public until summer 2019.
Brown Innovations is proud to announce our directional speakers are part of the “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. According to a press release, the exhibit “explores how sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.”
Directional speakers, including CT-24 directional audio models from Brown Innovations, are designed to deliver crystal clear focused audio to museum visitors. The directional speakers are compatible with t-coil hearing aid technology. In addition, the exhibition will display artifacts and tell stories related to sports during the summer and autumn of 2001, as well as sports and events in the following months. From baseball to football to hockey to the New York City Marathon and the 2002 Olympics, the exhibit dives deep into the world of sports.
The exhibit is in collaboration with NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier. Messier, a former New York Rangers captain, said, “For us as a Rangers team we really felt the responsibility to represent the city, to represent the first responders, to represent the people who had lost their lives, and to represent the Downey family. It was an honor and we quickly realized we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the first responders who had been so brave.”
The exhibit Wednesday, June 27.
Brown Innovations is a 20 year old company that makes directional audio products capable of creating isolated audio zones. Our speakers are in every commercial environment indoors and outdoors such as hospitals, universities, outdoor kiosks, digital signage, museums, trade shows, lobbies and … hospitality. Our patented technology allows you to create a zone of high fidelity audio and focus it to just one person or a large group without disturbing surround areas and neighbors.
The Shore Club Hotel has been forced to turn off audio by the outdoor pool areas due to complaints, and they have asked us to solve their problem.
We have a solution. Our engineers have developed a high powered directional speaker and subwoofer (https://youtu.be/8nyUpub1ugY ) and we will be demonstrating our technology May 10th and 11th in the outdoor pool area of the Shore Club Hotel South Beach.
Our directional speakers are for every location in Miami that has been struggling to comply with city ordinances. Business owners can stop worrying about fines for noise violations, and complaints from angry and frustrated residents.
Please let me know a time you can stop by and I will make myself available to introduce you to directional audio. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Innovations has partnered with TBC Consoles to create a variety of unique directional audio listening experiences for the 2018 NAB show. As part of the trade show, we will showcase a variety of directional speakers, including our EJ-22, SB-47 and CT24-24 ceiling directional speakers.
We can be found at booth C9012. The show runs from April 9 through April 12 in Las Vegas. We hope to see you there.
When it comes to directional speakers, there's no single model that works for every application. That's because there are situations where you want to focus sound to a broad zone, others where you want to direct audio to just two or three people in front of a display, and sometimes provide a directional sound experience to just one person. Each application is unique.
We engineer directional speakers to meet this demand. Each directional speaker we make is specifically designed to cover a specific sized area with sound. If you need to focus sound to just one person, you can choose from our wide selection of SonicBeam directional speakers or a sound domes. Need directional sound for a broad area? The same family of directional speakers meet your demands.
Our directional sound consultants work with you to determine the best model for your application. By getting to know your needs, understanding the environment, and any restrictions, we can identify the best directional sound solution that meets your needs.
At the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Washington, a new exhibit offers a directional audio experience unlike anything you've ever heard. Why War: The Causes of Conflict offers a highly interactive experience that includes numerous directional speakers. These directional speakers focus sound to targeted listening areas, primarily in front of large-scale touchscreens mounted side-by-side. Directional speakers for museums are essential to preventing audio spill between displays. Thanks to our SonicBeam directional speaker technology, visitors experience unique audio presentations at each touchscreen.
In February, Brown Innovations will exhibit new directional speakers with Spinetix at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam, NL. The show runs from February 6 - 9.
ISE is the world´s largest AV systems integration show which takes place in Amsterdam.
Join us at our booth 8-E270 in Hall 8 of the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre where we'll display an array of directional speakers, directional subwoofers and and directional speaker amplifiers.
We look forward to meeting you!
It's no secret that blaring sound will get your display unplugged. That's why directional sound is so important for retail applications. High quality directional speakers will deliver your message and prevent audio from spilling into unintended listening areas. Our directional speakers have even been used for outdoor retail applications.
Directional sound is the perfect solution for airport applications. Between screens running news, kiosks and interactive displays, directional speakers prevent airports from becoming cacophonous spaces.
Directional speakers are essential to museum environments, especially when multiple displays are installed in close proximity to one another. We are all too familiar with applications like these. But what about broader zones? Directional speakers for larger zones where sound must be contained are the perfect solution.
The possibilities are limitless in restaurant applications. From beaming sound to people seated across a bar to focusing audio to entire tables, directional speakers are the perfect solution for showing multiple games with audio in a single space. Or in multiple spaces!
Directional speakers are a game-changer for videoconferencing applications. Especially when they're paired with highly directional microphones where the videoconferencing takes place in a public environment.
Schools, colleges and universities have created incredible collaborative learning environments using directional speakers.
7. Control Room
For control room operators, wearing bulky headphones for hours at a time can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. Thanks to sound domes and other directional speakers, operators can work for hours without the annoyance of troublesome headphones.
8. Dance Floor
Believe it or not, directional speakers can be used to focus sound to large zones like dance floors. Gone are the days when outdoor clubs worried about noise ordinances and disturbing nearby neighbors or residences. With directional subwoofers, it's easier than ever to focus high quality sound.
Flush-mountable directional speakers discreetly deliver sound to kiosk users, in indoor and outdoor applications.
In a banking application, our directional speakers are perfect for videoconferencing with bank tellers. A directional microphone allows the user to keep their voice at a low level, while a directional speaker above keeps sound focused to the user's ears.
1. To Keep Your Audio Under Control
Imagine you're an employee at a retail chain. An AV company recently installed a nearby interactive display, but they outfitted it with traditional speakers. Sound blaring, you have not choice but to save your sanity and unplug the display.
This is a scenario we are all too familiar with. Most have learned the lesson to not use traditional speakers in public environments - they send sound everywhere. A great directional speaker keeps sound focused to targeted listening zones - and sounds good too.
2. To Always Keep Your Audio at the Perfect Volume
But what happens in your store over the course of a day? In the morning, it is quiet. But when the doors open, the ambient noise can fluctuate greatly over the course of the day.
The solution? SmartVolume, an integrated microphone that continuously samples the ambient noise. Based on these samples, the volume raises or lowers to keep your audio at an appropriate level above the ambient noise at all times.
3. To Cover an Area With Sound That Fits Your Needs
Most directional speakers focus sound to one person only. And that's great if you want to focus sound to just one listener. But what if you want to focus sound to 5 people, or 10 people, or a broad zone?
We make directional speakers that cover any size area with sound. Our SB-47s can be used with directional subwoofers to deliver full-sounding audio inside the listening zone, and not disturb others. No matter what your application calls for, a directional audio solution exists that fits your needs and budget.
Zaria Forman, a Brooklyn-based artist, recently collaborated with Brown Innovations for her solo exhibition “Antarctica.” The body of work was inspired by a month long stay aboard the National Geographic Explorer. During that time, Forman recorded the crackling sound of melting glaciers.
At the exhibition, the melting sound is heard through a directional speaker mounted in front of an original pastel drawing of Antarctica. As visitors approach the pastel, they step into a listening zone and hear the recording. The exhibition runs Mondays - Saturdays through November 4th at the Winston Wächter Gallery in Seattle, WA.
After a successful InfoComm partnership, Brown Innovations and NEC are at it again for New York Digital Signage Week. NEC's New York Showcase is "your chance to experience, firsthand, the latest display technologies and solutions in the industry." The show takes place October 30 – November 3, 2017.
Watch a directional speaker demonstration from InfoComm 2017 below.
UCLA has created an exceptional collaborative learning environment at the David Geffen School of Medicine. At the center of the installation is the Brown Innovations EJ-22, a water resistant directional speaker that lets students listen to a lecture and simultaneously share relevant content, such as videos and related websites, with others in their respective group. The directional speakers are fully integrated into collaborative work stations, and provide discreet and convenient audio delivery for up to 186 students.
The directional speakers replace a configuration that previously required headphones. "The additional headroom available through the speakers was definitely noticeable and appreciated by the students and faculty alike. The updates have definitely improved the overall experience of the room quite a bit."
Each table accommodates a group of seven students and is outfitted with two screens. The directional speakers are located at the edge of the table in front of the student. During a lecture, any member of each group can play a video for others in their group. The directional speakers deliver a mix of audio from the lecturer and sound from the shared video, and allow each group of students to play unique audio content without interference.
The installation is the latest in the series of education applications. For more information, shoot us an email at email@example.com.
At Infocomm 2017, NEC Display Solutions teamed up with Brown Innovations to create a unique virtual reality experience for visitors. As people approached the display, they encountered a series of virtual reality experiences, including a swim in the ocean scene,a trip to Mount Everest, and a mission to Mars.
During the design phase, NEC Display Solutions realized the importance of pairing directional speakers with their curved LCD video.
From the Digital Signage Today blog:
"Rich Ventura, vice president of business development and solutions at NEC Display Solutions, believes that the future of virtual reality is not so much a one to one relationship but a one to many relationship. For example, if a customer is wearing a headset, they are the only ones who is experiencing the VR, but an immersive environment can affect many customers.
'If I walked into a Nordstorm, and someone said to me put this headset on, odds are pretty good I'm not gonna to do it,' Ventura said in an interview. However, if he walked into a Nordstorm and was instantly met with an immersive experience with 3D audio and immersive visuals, he would be more drawn in."
The 2017 Infocomm show marks another successful partnership between NEC and Brown Innovations. Check out the video below to take a tour of the NEC booth.
What a successful InfoComm 2017 show! We partnered with our friends at SpinetiX to showcase our directional speakers with their digital signage hardware and software offerings. Click the image above to watch a video demonstration of our newest directional speakers in action.
Brown Innovations has partnered with NEC and Spinetix to showcase new technology at Infocomm, North America's largest, most exciting AV industry event. Our team will be at Spinetix booth #533 from June 14th - June 16th demonstrating the latest directional sound technology.
In addition, our directional speakers can be heard at the Cave, an immersive, 3D virtual experience where directional subwoofers have been implemented. The Cave is located in NEC booth #1600 just inside the main entrance.
Take a Google virtual tour of 1871, a digital startup incubator inside Chicago's Merchandise Mart. The facility is outfitted with numerous sound dome directional speakers to keep audio focused to specified zones. Techvibes describes the application:
In addition to the tour, you can view more installation photos here:
If you plan to attend the ISE show in Amsterdam, come check out our newest directional speaker offerings, including directional subwoofers. We will be showcasing our stuff at booth 8-H 275.
You can watch a video demonstration of our directional subwoofers here: