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Audio Spotlight Sound Beam Systems Installed in General Motors Display at Walt Disney's Epcot

June 30, 2004
Press Release

Holosonics, the world leader in directional acoustic technology, is pleased to announce a new installation of its Audio Spotlight systems at Walt Disney's Epcot Center. The Audio Spotlight, invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the first and only system in the world that creates high-quality sound in narrow beams - much like the light from a flashlight. The patented Audio Spotlight systems are installed in the Innoventions exhibit, which, according to Disney, highlights "some of the newest time-saving and technological wonders for our new millennium with products being used in the home and around the world."

Within Innoventions, General Motors is exhibiting the Juno, a state-of-the-art vehicle with a sound system consisting of four Audio Spotlight discs - one over each seat. This unique technology allows each passenger in the vehicle to hear their own sound - and no one else's. "The parents in the front seat aren't distracted by the movies and video games in the back seat - each parent can even choose what they want to hear," says Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, inventor of the technology. "This application builds on knowledge we had during our work with DaimlerChrysler beginning in 2001. The Audio Spotlight technology has made great strides in the past few years, and General Motors deserves credit for working hard to show off how far we've come."

The Audio Spotlight technology is also used in Innoventions to wow the crowd with its unique focused acoustical beams - sound literally flies by the crowd's faces, and travels around the room, often resulting in dropped-jaws and gasps from the crowd.

While in-car applications are still under development, Audio Spotlight technology is already commercially available, and is the choice of the world's top museums and exhibitors for localizing sound to specific areas in their galleries, without creating background noise. Installations include the Smithsonian Institution, the Boston Museum of Science, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Tate Gallery in London. Many of the world's top corporations, such as Motorola, Time-Warner, Cisco, and Steelcase, are also using Audio Spotlight systems for their stores, showrooms and visitor's centers.

Disney's Innoventions Exhibit


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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