Paramount, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, and L’Oréal Campaign with Brown Innovations Directional Speakers

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!

Brown Innovations Unveils Directional Speakers with Directional Subwoofers

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. 

Screen Bar Implements Revolutionary BarSound Directional Audio Technology

This autumn, Screen Bar in Singapore implemented the latest BarSound directional speaker technology from Brown Innovations so each table could enjoy a unique listening experience.  In addition to the Quadeo Sound Domes over the tables, Screen Bar also installed SonicBeam Directional speakers to keep sound isolated only to patrons standing at the main bar. In total, eleven Quadeo Sound Domes and two SonicBeam directional speakers were used. The installation is the first of it’s kind, and could prove to be a game-changer with how bars and restaurants utilize audio with multiple screens.

Check out Google’s Virtual Tour  by clicking on this picture: 

And here are a few more photos of the installation: 

St. Joseph's University Creates Collaborative Learning Environment With Brown Innovations

St. Joseph's University has unveiled a sophisticated collaborative classroom outfitted with directional speakers from Brown Innovations.  The speakers keep audio focused to specific zones and allows students to videoconference.  Media Services engineer Justin Fowler says, "I envision the concepts and technology utilized in this room being implemented in classrooms throughout campus in the future." 

 

 

Adspace Networks Thrives with ‘Sound’ Business Model

It’s a topic of endless debate in the digital signage sector:  Will audio enhance your display or be disruptive and get your display unplugged? For AdSpace Networks, America’s largest in-mall digital signage network, directional audio has played a key role in their success.  As a result, Adspace’s model is changing how others look at utilizing audio. For years, digital signage networks have avoided audio due to problems with sound bleed. Frequently referred to as “employee burn,” conventional speakers blaring repetitive audio invariably lead nearby employees to unplug displays or even cut wires. After research and tests, AdSpace chose the Brown Innovations Maestro to ensure audio doesn’t disturb mall employees and patrons.

Besides keeping sound focused in front of displays, Maestro speakers can be linked, networked and communicated with remotely. “Health monitoring and adjustments to speakers on the network can be made from a single location,” said Jeremy Brown, CEO of Brown Innovations. “Maestros automatically make volume adjustments when ambient noise fluctuates, which ensures sound levels are always heard at an appropriate level above the ambient noise.”

The network has become an attractive medium for advertisers wanting to deliver more dynamic content. “We like to think of our screens as living posters and encourage our advertisers to take advantage of our unique, full motion video and audio-enabled medium with truly captivating creative,” says the AdSpace website.  Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Estee Lauder, Coach, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Sean John are just a handful of companies advertising on the network.

In total, the network currently consists of 2844 displays and reaches 48 million unique individuals per month.

MIT and Stanford Turn to Brown Innovations for Project WormHole

The Forbes family, a leader in social, economic, and philanthropic sectors, had a vision – bring students of MIT and Stanford together to discuss new technologies through a revolutionary conferencing system.  The Forbes Family previously funded both university cafeterias and envisioned connecting students through a dining experience where casual conversation leads to an open exchange of ideas.

The concept was dubbed “the Wormhole.” After testing current market solutions, both universities realized off-the-shelf audio solutions wouldn’t make the grade. In a joint venture, MIT and Stanford consulted and commissioned sound experts Brown Innovations to create a custom, head-set-free system.

Brown developed an innovative conferencing system, ensuring private communication between participants despite noise levels at each café. A spherical sound dome mounted overhead focuses sound directly to each listener. The sphere acts as a lens, creating an audio “hologram” where voices are actually heard as if speakers were floating just outside each listener’s ears.  Amazingly, the technology is so precisely focused, only individuals seated at the table can hear audio playing through the speaker. Others just steps away hear virtually nothing.

Another hemispheric lens mounted flush under the table utilizes multiple microphones to selectively collect each individual’s voice. The reflective dome concentrates sound waves from each participant to a corresponding microphone enabling crystal clear reception while minimizing ambient noise.

“Our solution provides an intimate experience for both parties to hear and be heard in any environment.” says Kevin Brown of Brown Innovations. “The technology opens new realms of possibilities for patrons to communicate or socialize privately in noisy public locations such as coffee shops, malls, airports, etc.”