The Hearing HotSpot is described by its manufacturer Williams Sound as an innovative new listening technology that allows any venue to stream audio via WiFi from TVs, music sources or live programmes directly to an individual’s smartphone or tablet. To listen, an individual simply connects to the local WiFi, downloads the free Hearing Hotspot app from the Google Play or Apple App Store, and selects the audio channel they want to hear.
Each Hearing Hotspot system is customised, consisting of hardware components and a proprietary software license. Once a system is installed in a venue, the software license is activated by Williams Sound based on the number of channels (up to 56) at that venue. Williams Sound remotely monitors the status of each system and can deliver system upgrades directly to the venue without going on-site.
Elsewhere, the Digi·Loop induction loop amplifier from Williams Sound is claimed to be the first of its kind to maximise modern amplifier technology. The company says that DSP audio processing offers flexible, powerful software control of mixing, equalisation, compression, loop phase shift and more, with powerful Class D, pulse-width amplifiers maximising efficiency, and reducing size and weight.
Network control capability is said to provide seamless, remote system set-up, operation and monitoring via laptop, tablet or other portable device. The Digi-Loop’s dual-amplifier design offers flexibility, with the option of a single 12A output for perimeter loops or dual 10A outputs for loop arrays or one loop and one loudspeaker. Priority input (70-100V) is also available for connection to a paging system. It is also, according to Williams Sound, the only loop amplifier to offer an easy-to-read LCD graphic display.