Yep, it’s in your head: Train window adverts bring silent audio ads to commuters
The commercialization of pretty much every avenue of life, both online and off, continues. The latest advertising innovation? Using vibrations to create advertising that can only be heard when resting against a train window.
By using vibration technology, similar to the way Bluetooth headsets work, the ad can be transmitted silently.
Only when a person’s skull is pressed against the window will the ad be heard – and the advert will also seem to come directly from inside the brain.
The ads are currently only being tested in Germany, and there are no plans on testing with affiliated broadcasters, such as BSkyB in the UK.
Are train windows everywhere soon going to lose their “restability?” Will plane windows soon be transmitting soothing sounds, journey information or in-flight ads?
The only thing for certain is that advertisers will continue to push the boundaries into unexpected – and likely extremely lucrative – means to advertise to the traveling public.
Nick Vivion is a reporter for Tnooz, based in New Orleans, USA.
His passion for travel technology led him to travel around the world shooting travel videos for Current TV and Lonely Planet TV in 2006 and 2007.
He shot on Mini-DV, edited on a white MacBook, uploaded and shared online as he traveled. His moxie for travel video has resulted in over two million views on his YouTube partner channel.
In addition to travel, Nick co-founded of one of the web’s most talked about LGBT media sites, Unicorn Booty, and has gone "blog-to-brick" with a bricks-and-mortar restaurant called Booty's Street Food in New Orleans – serving street food from around the world.