Audio Spotlight Technology
the Experience for Visitors at

Design Miami's Airbnb / A Wild Thing Exhibit

Visitors at the Airbnb / A Wild Thing display are immersed in a whispering narrative, courtesy of several Audio Spotlight AS-16i directional speakers, each providing highly focused projected beams of sound to describe the exhibit’s various elements. The exhibit, which was created by furniture designing duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen, illustrates the way objects and people interconnect using a display of items that adorn the designer couple's own living room. The presentation replicates the couple's home in Belgium, with personal possessions that include a painting by Van Severen's grandfather, a sculpture made by Muller's father, the drawings of their children, and furniture that the couple designed.

The exhibit's multiple Audio Spotlight systems produce narrow beams of sound, similar to beams of light from a flashlight, that guide visitors with discreet narratives that give voice to the objects on display, what they mean, and how they come together to create the essence of "home". Muller and Van Severen's virtual home at the Design Miami show conveys their connection with their family and friends, while also recreating the intimacy and welcoming effect of actually being their houseguest.



The exhibit's narratives are broadcast by the Audio Spotlight speakers, providing patrons with a connection to the designers without the encumbrance or unsafe tether of headphones. The natural directivity of the Audio Spotlight technology also ensured that all sounds were contained to the display area, and none of the surrounding area was disturbed. Featuring a thin design with built-in amplifier and VESA mounting inserts, the AS-16i Audio Spotlight was a perfect fit for integration at the Design Miami show.

    The Audio Spotlight system creates focused beams of sound by using a narrow beam of ultrasound as a "virtual" sound source. While ultrasound itself is outside the range of human hearing, this innovative technique causes the air itself to change the ultrasound's "shape" as it travels. This change leads to the creation of clear sound that can be directed to a precise location, with directivity and control far exceeding any traditional loudspeaker. This directional audio technology is regularly used for enhancing a wide variety of commercial applications including museums and galleries, digital signage, retail displays, trade exhibits, and art installations around the world.

    Holosonics was a proud partner in enhancing the experience for patrons at Design Miami's Airbnb / A Wild Thing Exhibit.

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    • Sound for specific displays - and quiet elsewhere.
    • Several soundtracks in one room - without disturbing others or interfering with one another.
    • Untethered sound delivery, without the need for messy headphone wires or unsanitary handsets.


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