Finnish company Panphonics have come up with the Sound Shower, a directional audio delivery system. Instead of using a cone or point audio source, which radiates in all directions, the Sound Shower is a flat panel that produces highly directional sound. The sound element itself is a thin plastic sheet surrounded on both sides by porous panels and is very light, easily disguised and can be used as a projection surface or even painted if you wish.
The Sound Shower panel vibrates via electrostatics and requires no magnets or magnetic fields. It is much lighter than a speaker cone and can reproduce mid and high frequency sounds with more clarity and reduced vibration. It can also be run fully cranked continuously without any risk of the unit burning out. The audio volume within the sound field also behaves very differently to a speaker, it’s more consistent and the sound level doesn’t decrease as quickly as you move away from the source.
You can expect to start seeing these in active noise cancelling systems or anti-noise generators, in front of billboards, in museums and information kiosks or even as shown above, as personal sound booths for offices. I probably won’t be happy to have one of these screaming at me in a supermarket but I can’t wait for these at home.
The Panphonics Sound Shower® is the best solution for directional audio solutions. Based on Panphonics Plane Wave technology, the sound shower creates a highly focused and directional audio footprint that delivers the message to the intended spot without disturbing the people in the surrounding environment.