press release

Feb 13, 2017

MIT Alumni And Holosonics' Founder, Joe Pompei, Speaks At The MIT ILP Conference In Japan


Hot off of CES 2017, where we were demonstrating our unique Audio Spotlight directional speaker technology, and showing off the brand new OEM & Consumer designs, Holosonics' founder, Joe Pompei, was invited by the MIT Industrial Liaison Program to speak at the 2017 Technology and the Corporation Conference in Japan.

The conference featured future trends of research at MIT and highlighted advances in key areas, including new materials, electronics, information technology, chemical engineering, as well as other topics. Dr. Pompei was on hand to present how the Audio Spotlight, a ground breaking technology he created at MIT's Media Lab, has grown into a successful consumer and business product used by thousands of the world's leading venues and corporations.

Audio Spotlight Technology

A tight as light™ beam of ultrasound is used, enabling unprecedented control over audio distribution, and true surround-sound positioning. Sound can be beamed directly to one listener, while others hear but a whisper, or projected against any surface, just like light, to create real sound at any position. For over a decade, the Audio Spotlight directional audio technology has been regularly used for enhancing a wide variety of commercial applications including museums and galleries, digital signage, retail displays, trade exhibits, and art installations all around the world.


The Future of Audio Spotlight Technology

Having advanced the technology even further with their new OEM and consumer product designs, Holosonics is pioneering the concept of directional audio for use in the average home, for applications such as private listening in any shared space, assisted listening for the hard of hearing, or even watching TV in bed without disrupting a partner's sleep.

New audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X allow "rendering" of audio objects to specific points in space. While normally this would rely on speakers covering the walls and ceiling, the Audio Spotlight technology uniquely allows "audio projection" - just like a light projector for images. These sonic images appear at specific locations, or flying by the listener. It becomes a truly unique and immersive listening experience, without the extraordinary cost of multiple speakers.


The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) is dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationship between MIT and corporations worldwide. Established in 1948, the ILP continues to be a key player in making industrial connections for MIT.

With continued acceleration of advances in technology and knowledge discovery, and a more demanding corporate funding environment, the ILP is committed to creating productive interactions with industry. The ILP continually evolves to meet the interest, needs, and aspirations of MIT faculty and corporate partners.

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 use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners... and preserve the quiet.™ 

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