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Dr. Joseph Pompei wins Technology Review's TR100 Top Young Innovators Award for Audio Spotlight® Directional Sound Technology

October 21, 2003
Press Release

Dr. Pompei, former MIT researcher and founder of Holosonics, of Watertown, Mass., was named as one of the "World's Top Young Innovators" by Technology Review for his invention of the Audio Spotlight® directional sound technology. Nominated by Dr. Gordon Bell, an award-winning senior researcher at Microsoft Corporation, the award recognizes those researchers under the age of 35 whose innovative work in technology has a profound impact on today's world.

The Audio Spotlight system uses nonlinearly propagating ultrasound to create highly directional beams of sound in mid-air, which can be "shone" and "directed" much like light. Dr. Pompei was the first in the world to develop the mathematics and advanced engineering that allowed sound to be created literally from thin air with sound quality and reliability rivaling traditional loudspeakers. He presented his first paper and demonstration in 1998 to the Audio Engineering Society, and was met with a standing ovation from the world's top audio professionals. Once the audio industry was shown that such a system could actually work - and once Pompei published a paper showing exactly how, several other groups have done their best to copy the device, but none have succeeded. "I'm happy that Technology Review correctly recognized me as the true inventor of the technology," says Pompei.

The Audio Spotlight sound system, developed and manufactured by Holosonics, is currently used around the world for museums, trade shows, retail displays, exhibitions, and special effects, and will soon be available for consumer applications. Companies such as Motorola, Time-Warner, DaimlerChrysler, Kraft Foods, Sega, and American Greetings have chosen the Audio Spotlight, and Audio Spotlight systems have been installed in venues such as Boston's Museum of Science, the Matisse Museum, Sega's Joypolis, Bibliotheque National de France, Boston Center for the Arts, the European PGA tour, and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Dr. Pompei was honored at a ceremony in September which included speakers Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Computer Corporation; Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of General Electric; Bob Metcalfe, Founder of 3Com Corporation and General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners; and Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D., Managing Director of Intellectual Ventures and former CTO of Microsoft Corporation.

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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 such as Cisco, Motorola, the Smithsonian Institute, the Tate Modern and Time-Warner use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners... and preserve the quiet.™

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