Directional speakers like the Soundlazer have many possible uses that can make the distribution of information much more efficient and eliminate the unnecessary stray sounds that can occur with the standard speakers. Directional speakers, or parametric speakers, work in such a way that they distribute soundwaves over a small area like a laser beam. That is why they are great for public safety, advertising, security systems, and kiosks. One of the most practical uses is directional speakers for museums and exhibits.
The multidirectional speakers that are often used by museums create extraneous sounds that can easily distract other visitors. Instead, directional speakers can be used to project the sound in a laser beam-like manner, which would enable only a certain amount of people in a particular position to hear the sound, instead of the whole room. That way, the museum enthusiasts would be able to move around rooms and understand specific information about certain museum pieces without having to hear about other irrelevant information.
How Does a Directional Speaker Work?
Conventional speakers are designed in such a way that they project sound over a wide area, using a cone-shaped diaphragm that moves back and forth to create air pressure and generate soundwaves. These pressure waves enable people to hear the sound from the speaker in a relatively wide area. The more power the speaker can handle, the further the sound will travel. There are physical limitations to how much power the speaker can handle, but this discussion is beyond the scope of this article. Speakers are mainly intended to spread sound over larger areas and enable many people to hear them. In some cases, you may want to be able to direct the sound to specific people within an audience.
In settings like museums and various exhibitions, you may want only people in a particular position to hear the sound coming from the speaker. You might have an educational or science display in a busy room where visitors need to be able to concentrate on the information.
Directional speakers produce ultrasound that are very high frequencies of sound that rock back and forth in a laser beam-like fashion. That is allowed by the higher frequencies of waves.
So you can see how a directional speaker would make sense in settings like a museum. The fact that they emit sound in a beam-like fashion enables only the people within that beam to hear the sound, while other people do not hear a thing! That is the beauty of this technology; it is what makes it so unique and practical for many uses.
Soundlazer Directional Speakers
Soundlazer Model SL-01 is our flagship directional speaker that is open-source and fully hackable. It is the perfect, low-cost choice for hobbyists and third-party developers. It is also widely used by museums and exhibits due to its compact size and durability. This original Soundlazer started as a Kickstarter project and used ultrasonic waves to create a beam of high-frequency sound that converge to form a single, highly focused stream of sound. Only when a person steps into that beam of high-frequency soundwaves is when they can hear the audio coming from the Soundlazer speaker.
All the models of Soundlazer can be a perfect fit for museums and exhibitions. They are also great for anyone looking to beam information to specific areas within a room without disturbing others. Directional speakers can be used for giving directions or public safety in places like escalators, subways, or airports. By directing information to a specific crowd of people within an area, the delivery of important information is assured. Additionally, Soundlazers and other directional speakers can be incorporated into advertising billboards, kiosks, or different types of displays.
Soundlazers feature a revolutionary design with a technology that is becoming more and more popular. Soundlazer offers exceptional parametric sound quality combined with a fantastic design. You can easily play audio from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or any other device with a headphone or line-level audio jack. The ultrasound coming from Soundlazer will result in a beam that can also bounce off hard surfaces, enabling you to create a unique atmosphere in any room.
Directional Speakers and Museums
Museums are places of calm and sophistication where people go to enjoy various valuable works of art, science or history. These are places where silence is appreciated, and a specific code of behavior is expected. To ensure that your institution maintains an environment of learning and fun, you can use a Soundlazers to project audible tracks within a directed beam so only certain people in the room can hear the information.
Having audible and visual presentations is essential for providing a satisfactory experience for all your visitors. It lets them discover new information without overlapping with other’s who are trying to enjoy a different experience.
Using conventional speakers can create a serious problem when trying to convey multiple stories to different people within the same room. The audio from multiple displays would interfere with one’s ability to enjoy the presentations. The use of standard loudspeakers would cause confusion and frustration for your visitors.
The best modern solution is the use of directional speakers like Soundlazer. These can be used for museums and exhibitions to project sound within a focused and controlled environment. Soundlazer’s technology allows you to project a different message from each presentation without interfering with the other displays within the same room. Soundlazers are perfect for minimizing the distraction that can come from conventional speakers and improve everyone’s learning experience.
What are the advantages of having directional speakers in museums or for exhibits?
- They allow you to better present specific audible information without interfering with the sound of other presentations. Directional speakers emit sound in a focused beam, so only a few people can hear the information presented. They are perfect for individual displays, kiosks, or exhibitions.
- Having directional speakers for each display or exhibit allows for a much better and enriching experience within public areas like museums. Conventional speakers can interfere with the message delivery when multiple exhibits are present in the same proximity. Directional speakers solve this problem by focusing audio on a small portion of the crowd.
- The distribution of audible information is more intelligible and better received when directed at only those interested in the presentation.
A Unique Experience
Have you ever been to a museum where they use conventional speakers for presentations? Most likely, you were able to hear the information clearly; but you were disturbed by the many sounds that came from other loudspeakers within the museum.
Your organization can offer its visitors a unique experience by incorporating directional speakers like Soundlazer into its exhibits. Directional speakers for museums and exhibits are the perfect opportunity to bring unique technology to your environment while improving the experience of the audience.
Direction speakers for museums and exhibits also create a much more immersive experience. You can differentiate your museum from others with directional speakers. For example, if you have a history museum, you can recreate a particular battle by adding directional speakers around the display. These speakers can produce sounds like explosions or gunfire to draw the viewer’s attention to the display.
If you have an exhibit that is not doing so well and needs to attract people’s attention, a directional speaker can be focused on those passing by to grab their attention and draw them towards the information.
Soundlazer directional speakers feature revolutionary technology that can change the way museums operate. Not all visitors to your museums want to hear the sound of an exhibit that they have already seen. You can direct the sound with direction speakers to allow only a particular portion of the crowd to hear the sound.
Created as a Kickstarter project, Soundlazer is now the perfect addition to your exhibits. While conventional speakers do address a larger portion of the crowd, there are times when focused audio can improve everyone’s learning experience.
Impressive displays are the secret to a memorable experience for your visitors. Give one of our directional speakers a try to see what type of new experience you can design for your guests.