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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Adidas recently opened its new flagship store blocks away from Times Square. This 45,000 square foot space spans four floors and includes the latest tech-infused retail concepts. Visitors entering the store walk through tunnels like an athlete entering a field. Bleachers set up overlooking 5th avenue allow shoppers to watch the street or check out a game on the TV's. A virtual basketball court outlined by neon lights hangs overhead in the middle of the store. Amazingly, crystal clear dance floor music can be heard as full fidelity sound immerses the listener from overhead directional speakers by Brown Innovations. Take one step out of bounds and the music seems to magically disappear.
When it comes to directional audio, low frequency sound waves or bass have always been difficult to contain to a specified zone. Brown Innovations has been at the forefront of directional audio technology for over 20 years, and the latest directional subwoofer technology does not disappoint. Finally, full sounding movie quality audio can be enjoyed in a public space without disturbing others.
While a number of companies claim to offer directional speaker products, their products only work with applications that are limited to the narrow high frequency range and ability to focus to one listener only. Brown's technology is unparalleled in its ability to cover spacious zones with full stereo sound.
The leap to directional subwooofer technology means the possiblities are endless for movable dance floors, immersive 4D experiences and gaming applications.
For many of us, Saturday morning cartoons represent a childhood cornerstone. A new exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum explores the work of Hanna-Barbera, an animation powerhouse whose work includes the Flintstones, the Jetsons and Scooby-Doo. As part of the exhibit, an interactive display allows visitors to learn fun facts and play trivia games. In order to keep sound focused to a small group in front of the display, the museum turned to Brown Innovations for a directional sound solution.
"It has been a huge success. I am not kidding when I say people have been lining up to use it since it was unveiled", says Rich Bradway, Director of Digital Learning & Engagement.
The exhibition will run until May 29th, 2017.
Winnipeg's recently-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights contains an impressive array of interactive displays, many of which are outfitted with Brown Innovations directional speakers. During the museum planning stages, we worked closely with SH Acoustics to provide a variety of directional audio solutions for numerous sound-reflective galleries.
“This is not a museum with typical box-like galleries,” says Steve Haas, president at SH Acoustics. “There isn’t a single right-angle wall, and there are triangulated gaps two to three feet wide at their largest point. Standing on the first floor you can see exhibits on the fifth floor, so in developing audio strategies and acoustic treatments, we had to keep in mind the ferocity of the building.”
Despite the acoustical challenges, our engineers provided directional sound solutions in eleven galleries on seven different levels. Browse through the images below to get a sense of the environment. In many cases, our directional speakers are flush-mounted or concealed to discreetly focus audio.
Over the years, our directional speakers have been used in numerous applications to focus music. Recently, our sound dome directional speakers were installed at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan. In the picture above, different instruments are displayed side-by-side, each with a Mini Localizer mounted overhead. In the video below, a museum-goer walks from instrument to instrument and records the sound heard in front of each display. It's a great example of how our directional speakers focus sound in challenging, sound-reflective environments.
Over the past year, Brown Innovations and UK-based company Limited Space partnered on a number projects, including campaigns for Paramount, Walt Disney Motion Pictures and L'Oreal. In the gallery below, notice two SB-47 SonicBeams sitting flush above each screen. These directional speakers deliver crystal clear audio just in front of the video wall without bouncing sound and disturbing employees working nearby. Visit malls across the UK including Bluewater, Metrocentre, Arndale and Bullring to see these in action!
Rio de Janeiro 's 2016 Olympics have come and gone. But the Olympic City Museum in Rio is there to stay. And thanks to directional audio from Brown Innovations, many of the museum's interactive displays play different audio presentations close to one another without creating a cacophony. The implementation of the SonicBeam audio-focusing speaker at the museum marks the use of the most advanced directional sound technology.
Per the Rio Times, "The new museum is a part of the city’s Nave do Conhecimento program, whose goal is to establish spaces in traditionally neglected communities and bring technology and science to the area through courses, events, and workshops."
Yesterday in San Francisco, AT&T opened it's new tech-centric flagship store, unveiling a one-of-a-kind retail experience for visitors. As part of the installation, AT&T tapped Brown Innovations to provide directional speakers that focus sound to specifically targeted areas.
As part of the development, store designers needed audio directed to different sections of escalators that connect the store's first and second floors. Brown Innovations provided a directional sound solution to meet the designers' needs. As visitors ascend and descend on the escalators, they pass through various zones and hear different focused audio presentations, each associated with a videowall. While these different audio presentations play in close proximity, each is heard distinctly, and without overlap.
The installation is the most recent collaboration in a long-term working relationship between AT&T and Brown Innovations.
At the recent Cedia Expo in Dallas, TX, we introduced visitors to our latest innovation in the world of directional speakers - directional subwoofers. Check out the video above to see how listeners experience different "walls of sound" with this new advance in directional audio.
Last weekend, Bruce Nauman's Contrapposto Studies, I through VII opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the American artist's installation spans two massive sound reflective galleries. Thanks to directional sound technology from Brown Innovations, museum visitors experience different audio broadcasts with clarity and focus.
The exhibition runs until January 8th, 2017.