In 2002 all the commercially available array microphones used fixed field of view technology. By definition, their field of view was quite small. The differentiating factor for our microphones was that its listening beam would scan automatically and electronically through a 360° field of view.
The original target market was automatic speech recognition. The idea was to achieve good recognition accuracy without the constraint of having to wear a headset microphone. The Voice Tracker™ I is probably the first non-headset microphone certified by Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
But it quickly became apparent that the wide field of view created by a scanning listening beam made the Voice Tracker™ I useful for meeting recording, lecture recording, and conferencing. The ability to capture all talkers in a 30+ foot room through a single, relatively inexpensive microphone is unique.
Since 2002 we have sold more than 25,000 Voice Tracker array microphones
More than 500 schools use them for lecture recording and hybrid classrooms.
In spite of its technical sophistication, Voice Trackers have proven to be incredibly reliable.
Failures run at less than a fraction of a percent per year.
Because Voice Trackers cost a fraction of the price of other high performance array microphones, they have found application in corporate meeting rooms, town meeting rooms, courtrooms and hospital patient rooms as well as classrooms.