A&E's Manhattan billboard 'whispers' at passersby with the Audio Spotlight®
December 10, 2007
WATERTOWN, Mass. - In the sea of billboards and advertising that is
Manhattan, it is becoming increasingly difficult to send a message to
the public. Businesses seeking to cut through the confusion
and reach their customers need to stimulate more than just the eye to
be effective. BlueBlastMedia's JP Freeley is doing just that by
reviving the traditional billboard and incorporating sound with the
Audio Spotlight system. Mounted above the billboard, the system
projects an isolated beam of sound down onto a targeted area of the
sidewalk - from seven stories up! People who pass by the billboard are
startled and entertained by the sudden message, and their attention is
drawn directly to the billboard itself. Meanwhile, quiet is preserved
for all of the neighbors.
The sound of a women's voice whispers, "Who's there? Who's
There? ...It's not your imagination." The chilling message draws your
attention to a billboard for A&E's television series "Paranormal
State," a show featuring real life mysteries of cases that include
poltergeists, ghosts, and hauntings.
Using traditional loudspeakers to add sound to billboards is not an
option because of obvious noise problems; nearby neighbors and business
will not tolerate continuous noise from roof-mounted loudspeakers. With
the Audio Spotlight technology, sound can be targeted to only a
specific area, and provide audio just to this small region - all the
way from a rooftop. Passerby entering the beam hear the sound
immediately, and very clearly, which captures their attention. This is
an extremely effective method of making your message stand out in a sea
See a video of this installation.
Read more about this unique project in AdAge.
Photo courtesy of A&E
About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.
Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics' Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world's top organizations and companies such as Cisco, Motorola, the Smithsonian Institute, the Tate Modern and Time-Warner use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners... and preserve the quiet.™
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