Chicago IL (January 30, 2012)—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Sensaphonics a patent for its 3D Active Ambient IEM System. The patent application was originally filed over five years ago and includes a total of 50 specific claims for the 3D system.
“It took a long time, but we are thrilled to finally have formal notification of patent protection for the 3D Active Ambient,” says Michael Santucci, founder and president of Sensaphonics. “The mere fact that no one else has released a competitive product since its introduction in 2005 shows just how much of a challenge it was to design.”
The 3D Active Ambient incorporates a suite of technologies to achieve its goal of safely providing natural ambient sound in a sealed in-ear system. The system starts with a pair of custom IEMs, then adds embedded miniature microphones in the earpieces to pick up ambient sound, routing that binaural signal to a bodypack, where it is combined with the monitor mix at the wearer’s desired level. This allows the musician to hear full-range ambient sound with accurate tone and directionality, with both earphones inserted.
Interest in the system has grown over the years and despite a balky economy, annual sales of the Sensaphonics 3D system nearly doubled in 2011. “Obviously, it’s very gratifying to see this kind of growth,” notes Santucci. “Developing the 3D was a huge commitment for us, and you never know if the market will accept your vision. But when you can make artists like Steven Tyler, Dave Matthews, and Stevie Wonder happy, you know you’re doing something right.”
With formal patent protection in place, Sensaphonics is open to licensing its 3D Active Ambient technology.
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