Through our over 14 year history as the leading Directional Audio solution in the museum industry we have been an integral part of hundreds of kiosk solutions. Recently Dakota Audio has been involved with more large scale retail touch screen kiosk and digital signage solutions. For installations such as these where the units needed can run into the hundreds or thousands, custom designed units may be ordered with only the features you need.
Kiosks in Retail
Retail interactive touchscreen kiosk solutions are typically designed to educate or generate revenue with little or no interaction with a customer service representative. Therefore how effective your retail interactive kiosk is would be directly related to how self sufficient it can be.
By adding an audio component to your kiosk you triple the amount of information you can deliver to your audience over video alone. Further, by focusing the audio so it doesn't disturb others you are proactively ensuring that your audible content is not turned down by workers that will be in close proximity to the kiosk and might become annoyed by hearing the content over and over again all day.
Dakota Audio produces a wide variety of directional audio solutions that all have two things in common: They are very small (the speakers range from less than an inch thick to the thickest at only 3 inches thick) and they sound great!
Directional audio arrays by Dakota Audio do not utilize ultrasonic solutions but rather use normal high quality loudspeakers that are controlled by a unique digital signal processing technology to focus the pattern of sound. Avoiding ultrasonic delivery means that there are no health issues from prolonged exposure or from the end users being too close to the ultrasonic device.
Overhead Speaker arrays come in two sizes: the 36 inch square x 3 inch thick FA-501 and the 24inch square x 3 inch thick FA-602 model which include an amplifier and user control panel built in for configuring the sound pattern, distance of throw, and tuning for the type of audio being played.
Flat Panel Mini arrays: MA-5 and MA-4 Mini Array directional speakers are also very popular with kiosk sound projects and come in a variety of lengths (18-38 inches) though all are less than an inch deep and only two inches tall. These arrays can also be installed in the ceiling to cover a linear area such as hallways with sound. Range and depth of field are dependent on mounting height and other factors. Finally, these arrays are one of the most popular with Digital Signage solutions.
Dakota Audio also designs custom arrays to precisely fit your needs. Whether it is designing and manufacturing round arrays for the Smithsonian Institute or special arrays with holes in the center for a light to shine through for the Country Music Hall of Fame, Dakota Audio wants to build your Kiosk solution to your exact specifications.
Don't have an audio specialist at your disposal? Dakota Audio would be happy to recommend a consultant specific to your needs or region.
Please contact us for more information.