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How Coworking Spaces Can Take Advantage of Local Audio Over WiFi Streaming

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We’re constantly coming up with new and clever ways that businesses can benefit from our local audio over WiFi streaming solutions. Silent discos can use it to provide clandestine music to dancers. Real estate agents can use it to broadcast house details curbside to curious homebuyers driving by. Microbreweries can use it to provide information during tours of their brewing facilities (we are in Colorado, after all!). The products and their application are so versatile, the possibilities are nearly endless! 

Coworking spaces are one niche industry that has really sparked some ideas recently. The coworking industry has grown significantly in recent years. Freelancers, large corporations, and everyone in between are enjoying the flexibility, affordability, and other benefits of working in a shared office space. 

This focus on collaboration, innovation, and versatility really aligns with our ethos at AudioFetch, and we’re thrilled to be working with coworking spaces like EVO3 Workspace in Summit County, Colorado to provide additional benefits for their resident businesses and guests. 

Following are a few useful, unique and fun ways that coworking spaces can take advantage of local audio over WiFi streaming:

Provide Accessibility at Events

Coworking spots frequently host events, such as expert speaker series, coding workshops, maker fairs, and other things that help to promote and educate their members and the local community. These events can draw diverse crowds, with diverse audio and visual needs. 

AudioFetch provides hearing assistance capabilities without requiring the installation of an inductive hearing loop, or any separate hearing assistance devices. Listeners simply download the free AudioFetch app on their smartphone, and tune in to the live presentation. 

Provide Translation Services at Event

Within the diverse crowds that events draw, there may be some folks that would benefit from listening in a different language. This is especially important for educational events or training workshops. UNESCO research indicates that people learn best in their native tongues. 

AudioFetch solutions can be used to broadcast a live translation stream for anyone that needs it. You simply need someone available to translate the speaker or instructor’s message into the right language for your audience. Listeners then just launch the AudioFetch app on their smartphone, and select the channel with the translation feed. 

Allow Passive Listening of Events in Offices

Coworking members are often growing startups and zealous freelancers, eager to absorb as much knowledge and experience as possible, and limited only by hours in a day and days in a week. The members want to attend every event and workshop hosted by the coworking space, but they need to be at their desks working against deadlines and objectives.   

AudioFetch lets them have the best of both worlds! Members can tune in to the presentation or class that’s happening in the common area or conference room, while still heads-down at their computer working away in their office. It’s every founder’s dream–the ability to be in two places at once! (Now, if only that was possible for catching up on sleep and exercise!)

Curate Music Streaming Channels

Piping in a single music station or playlist throughout the entire coworking space is not ideal. It’s too loud. It’s too quiet. It doesn’t set the right tone. I hate that artist. With such a diverse membership base, there’s no doubt there will be opinions on the music selection. 

Rather than broadcasting a single music station for everyone to hear, AudioFetch can be used to provide options and eliminate distractions. You can create a custom channel for different music genres to appeal to various musical tastes. You could even allow members to play “DJ” for a week at a time, perhaps hosting a contest or raffle to bestow this honor each week. 

Curate Podcast Streaming Channels

In addition to designating select channels for music, you could also use a few channels to stream relevant podcasts throughout the day. Depending on what type of people and businesses make up your membership, you might consider Entrepreneurs on Fire, StartUp Podcast , The Gary Vee Audio Experience, The Growth Show, or So Money

Create a “Founders Podcast” Channel

Some of the biggest draws of coworking spaces are collaboration and networking opportunities. Let’s imagine that one of the members sells dog treats from spent grain from a local brewery down the street. They need some help updating their website and driving sales. There’s a freelance web developer two offices down, and a digital marketing firm two rows over. These folks could all be working together to make some doggos and the environment a little bit happier and healthier, they just need to know the others exist! 

A unique value-add for your members could be a “Founder’s Podcast” show. This podcast would allow each member to provide an overview of their business and service/product offering, any updates or announcements, and requests for help or current challenges they’re solving for. The recordings from each of the members would then be combined and played continuously for all members to hear, providing a unique way for members to promote their business and for all members to learn about and connect with others. 

Create a Unique Tour Experience

Providing a tour of the facility for prospective members is a key step in the sales process. Members need to see and experience the basic features–offices, desk spaces, conference rooms, kitchen, amenities, training centers, office supply, etc. But these things are table stakes–every coworking space has them. 

To set your space apart from others, showcase how you embrace and support innovation during the initial visit and tour. Utilizing AudioFetch’s advanced wireless tour guide technology, potential members can explore the coworking space while listening to details via the AudioFetch app. This also creates efficiencies for your reception or office management staff. Rather than being pulled away from their duties every time someone needs a tour, they can simply alert visitors to the app and resume their work.

Coworking spaces are just one of many, many applications for the AudioFetch local audio streaming solutions. If you have a unique application you’d like to chat about or have ideas for utilizing AudioFetch in creative ways, we’d love to discuss with you! Give us a buzz at 1-877-564-8845 or drop a line today!

3 Ways AudioFetch Can Help You #HearMoreTogether

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Sound brings communities together. At AudioFetch, our #HearMoreTogether campaign is designed to raise awareness about hearing loss and excessive noise. When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, it can feel very isolating. Our assistive listening devices promote a stronger sense of community by ensuring that everyone can hear more, together.

To help you #HearMoreTogether, we’re giving one lucky community a FetchExpress assistive listening device. To be entered to win, get your community together and post a photo or video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #HearMoreTogether and answer this question in the caption: How would an AudioFetch system help you and your community #HearMoreTogether?

Need some inspiration? Here are 3 ways AudioFetch can help you and your community:

1. Hear Clearly at Houses of Worship

For many people, especially older adults, their primary community is a house of worship. Members come to be inspired by faith and often stay to socialize after the services. That’s why it’s so important for these spaces to be accessible.

If your church, synagogue, or mosque has an aging population that’s experiencing hearing loss, an assistive listening device will help you #HearMoreTogether. These devices also help houses of worship like Chet’s Creek Church use translation services to reach a wider audience.

2. Cut Through the Noise at Arenas and Sports Bars

Whether it’s an arena or a bar, most sporting venues invest in high performance audio, such as a theater sound system. Why not enhance your system with a stadium listening system or sports bar sound system? Although nothing beats the thrill of a cheering crowd, the noise levels at a game can be distracting or even damaging.

With AudioFetch, fans will #HearMoreTogether by plugging into an assistive listening device that cuts through the noise by streaming audio over wifi. Venues like Cavu Brewing use AudioFetch so you can hear the game as clearly as you would at home, while still enjoying the camaraderie of a sports bar. Go team!

3. Listen to Lectures at Universities and Community Schools

Universities and community schools benefit from assistive listening devices and education sound systems, too. After all, it’s hard to learn when you have difficulty hearing. AudioFetch helps students and faculty #HearMoreTogether by incorporating wireless audio streaming into the classroom, lecture hall or auditorium.

Educational institutions such as Barry University use AudioFetch to make their campus accessible to students with hearing loss and hearing impairment. This allows them to make sure all students feel welcome in their community.

#HearMoreTogether with AudioFetch

These are just a few examples of the ways AudioFetch can help your community. Now we want to hear from you! Share your ideas on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #HearMoreTogether! Learn more about the giveaway here.

If you’d like to learn more about how AudioFetch could help your venue, contact us today!

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New Stadium Listening Solution by AudioFetch

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Experiencing a live sporting event, concert, speaker or other big performance involves all five senses. Seeing the video screens and special effects. Smelling the hot dogs cooking on the grill. Feeling the cool summer night breeze. Tasting that first sip of ice cold beer. Listening to the play-by-play commentary or catching all the hit songs. Each of these senses is important, but it’s that last one–hearing–that is so important for live events. 

Hearing enables us to connect with the world and people around us, and allows us to enjoy life to its fullest. It also helps keep us safe in potentially threatening or emergency situations. So when fans can’t hear in noisy stadiums or arenas, they can miss out on the high points of the event or even critical announcements. 

That’s why we’re so excited to announce a new local WiFi audio streaming solution–Stadium Listening

“Accessibility and experience are incredibly important to stadiums and large arenas,” says Tim DePumpo, CEO of AudioFetch. “They want each and every person at that event to enjoy each and every aspect of the performance. And audio is a major, if not the most important part.”

This new solution allows thousands of listeners to hear live local audio on their smartphone or tablet using the AudioFetch app. It’s ideal for attendees with hearing disabilities or simply those that want to clearly hear the main event over hollering vendors, cheering fans, blaring vuvuzelas and other miscellaneous event din. Any venue that draws a large crowd–sports stadiums, concert arenas, large auditoriums, indoor or outdoor amphitheaters–can use this new audio streaming solution to provide hearing assistance for attendees. 

“When we first developed AudioFetch, we were focused on smaller venues and smaller crowds–maybe 50 to 100 people watching games in a sports bar, or 20 people running on treadmills at the gym,” says Tim. “As the company has grown, so have the crowd sizes that want to listen. We’ve gotten interest from stadiums and large arenas around the world, and knew we needed to come up with a solution for mass listening.” 

For the stadium or event venue, it works similarly to our other local audio streaming products. Just three easy steps get you up and running: 1. Connect the audio source(s) to AudioFetch using the included cables; 2. Connect the AudioFetch to the WiFi router; and 3. Attendees download the AudioFetch App and listen in real-time. (And if you want to get technical, that’s really only two steps on you!)

For attendees, it’s the exact same process as any other venue. Simply download the AudioFetch App for Apple or Android, connect to the local WiFi and start listening! 

“We’ve spent years developing the technology to make this mass listening possible,” Tim adds. “And also spent years making sure customers and users never know how much tech is behind it. It’s so simple to get more people hearing better, and that’s our number one goal.” 

For more information on this new stadium listening solution or to learn how AudioFetch can help you and your customers hear better, contact us today

Making Your School Safer and More Inclusive

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It’s back to school time, and that means new school supplies, new clothes, new routines (and maybe a bit more quiet around the house). Parents will be dropping their children off at school, hoping that they will be learning in a physically and emotionally safe, and caring environment. It’s time for your school to start planning everything from field trips to new equipment and regulations. School budgets can be tight so it’s important to have affordable tech solutions that are easy to install and maintain. A wireless streaming device can have multiple uses for schools saving them money, time and perhaps even lives. 

Here are three ways an education audio streaming system could improve your school.

ACTIVE DANGER DRILLS

Parents and children have a right to expect that they are safe in school. Unfortunately, school safety has become an increasingly dominant factor in our educational institutions, and along with fire drills, schools now hold “active danger” drills

In an active danger drill, there can be a lot of noise and teachers need to hear what the issue is (fire, tornado, a crime, etc.) and get instructions. As part of any emergency procedure, it is of utmost importance that the administration and first responders are able to communicate directly and quietly with teachers. 

Of course, one way to do this is through text message, but this can become an organizational hassle as many carriers limit the amount of phone numbers that can be included in one text. A faster and clearer way to communicate with teachers and staff is by streaming local audio over WiFi directly to their smart device. This way, all teachers are alerted at one time and can receive real-time instructions about the situation. 

FIELD TRIPS

While streaming audio may, hopefully, never be used in an emergency, it has further safety use on field trips. Using a personal PA system for teachers, students can be communicated with during travel or any time. Students wandering off or lagging behind can hear instructions about where to find the group. And if the group is inside a museum, library, or other quiet zone, this type of communication keeps the field trip from being distracting to others.

STUDENTS WITH HEARING LOSS

Each year many schools test students for hearing loss. Children may be born with hearing loss or it may develop from infection, disease or injury. Those children diagnosed with hearing loss need accommodations and assistance in hearing teachers, computer, and video lessons. For some children, being placed in the front row of the classroom may be enough to enable them to overcome minor hearing loss for learning. 

However, for others, an audio streaming assistive listening device would be helpful. Streaming audio can be offered to any child via iPad, computer or cell phone – thus overcoming extraneous distractions and noise – to enable the student to hear the teacher or recorded lessons. Not only that, it can also be less embarrassing for the student than wearing a hearing aid.

There are even more creative ways an audio streaming solution could improve your school. If you’re interested in learning more, contact us today! 

Give the Gift of AudioFetch

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The holidays are upon us and already we’re seeing colorful lights and banners in the streets.  Tree lots are open and decorated trees are appearing in public places, office buildings, and other establishments.

This time of year is for gathering with others and for searching for the perfect gift. More people are traveling in groups, and not just to see family, but to see how people celebrate in other cities, countries, hemispheres.  They are meeting in restaurants and pubs to share a social time and watch sporting events together. Houses of worship fill for the pageants and glorious music. And people meet after work at the gym, encouraging each other to work off the extra calories from all the tempting food.

An audio streaming solution that transmits over wifi could be a great way for your business to contribute to the festivity, joy, and togetherness of the season. Read more about how an audio solution could be a great gift for your business this year…

TOUR GUIDES

In the hustle and bustle of people, tourists and locals visiting the sights, experiencing a different city or culture, you can be sure your clients can hear the history of the holiday season in your hometown, or your recommendations for shopping and dining with a wireless tour guide audio system.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Some of the best sports of the year take place during the holidays – especially all those “bowl” games.  You can give the gift of hearing to sports fans who want to not only share the game and shout at the refs, but hear the announcers as well with a multi-channel audio system that transmits different audio sources to an app on your customer’s smart phones. Help your guests hear TV at your sports bar or restaurant!

GYMS

It is always easier to exercise with friends.  Some people will be talking and laughing beside each other on the treadmills or want to watch TV, which is distracting to those needing to concentrate in order to keep motivated. For gym goers who want to listen to TV at the gym, an WiFi audio solution that transmits to your clients smartphones gives them what they want to hear without disturbing others.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

The music at this time of year can be powerful and moving.  It can provoke sentiment or just be fun. If your church is presenting a Christmas pageant, you can be sure that all the parents want to hear their children say their simple lines. Not only that, messages of glad tiding offer inspiration to those who tend to make a special trip to worship at this time of year. Make sure every note and every word can be heard using a hearing assistive system that is simple and budget friendly.

AudioFetch has customizable audio solutions that could be the perfect gift to upgrade your business this holiday season. Enjoy 10% off and a complimentary 12 pack of headphones when you order in December! Contact us today.

Make it About the Tour, Not the Headset

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Imagine you’ve scheduled a tour at a museum and you want to make sure all your patrons can hear you talk about the artwork, the building and history without disturbing the other museum guests. Maybe you’re thinking of trying out one of those wireless tour guide headsets that you wear over your ear while your guests carry a receiver like fanny pack.  What happens if suddenly 3 patrons can’t hear because the batteries have died? All you have to do is stop the tour while you change the batteries (hopefully you brought enough with you), and then restart where you left off and hope you didn’t leave anything out.

Perhaps you’ve planned a great walking tour in Brooklyn or Hollywood or another major city and you need a way to be heard over passing traffic.  If you are using a wireless tour guide headset and someone drops their receiver the tour is disrupted while you set the patron up with a new headset (hope you brought an extra), and then there is the replacement expense for you.

Perhaps you have taken guests from a cruise ship into the port town to give them a first-hand experience at the market – there’s a lot of noise while you guide your guests to the best places to shop and eat.  You use wireless headsets, nothing goes wrong, but when you return to the ship, you have to clean the equipment thoroughly (and hope they were all returned).

Your tour business should be focused on all the interesting information that you want to share, not the maintenance of out-dated headsets.  There is a simpler and more economical solution for tour guides: a wireless tour guide system that streams audio on-the-go directly to your customers’ smart devices.  Many of these systems have have built-in wifi that allows tour groups to hear better through their own smartphones and tablets without distractions or distracting others. That means better quality sound and no added expense or maintenance for you!

Ready to upgrade your tour offering with a personal PA system? The AudioFetch FetchExpress is now available for sale directly from our website. Contact us today for questions or more information.

How to Help the Hard of Hearing at Church this Holiday

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The messages given at holiday services are special and thematic.  It is especially important that the sermon be heard plainly by everyone, including any new guests who may like to return throughout the year.  Your house of worship may be wondering, how can we help hard-of-hearing patrons in church?

Because there are more people in attendance, there is also a lot more ambient noise with people shuffling feet or moving around on their seats, coughing and sneezing, children talking and being shushed.  Even for people without hearing loss, this makes it hard to hear the speakers making announcements and the minister preaching a sermon. For people who do have hearing impairment it becomes even more challenging to pay attention if they are missing every other word.

Aging adults and the hearing impaired may find it disappointing when they can’t fully engage in church services. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that about 15% of adults of all ages and backgrounds have degrees of hearing loss or trouble hearing. In fact, NIDCD estimated that 28.8 million adults in the U.S. might benefit from using hearing aids. Your house of worship could achieve the ability to amplify sound to elder or hearing impaired members without disturbing the experience of your other members by using assistive listening devices for churches that transmit audio directly to a smartphone.

You may also have parishioners attending holiday services whose first language is not English and who wish to understand everything that is said.  You may choose to have a translator. This way, all parishioners are together to enjoy the special service and understand it. An audio streaming solution that transmits audio directly to a user’s smartphone, can offer a house of worship the opportunity to offer translation of the service into one language without disturbing the other congregation members who speak the other language.

It’s easy to overcome these issues and allow everyone to adequately hear these special holiday services and offer translation by using a streaming audio system from AudioFetch. Contact us to find out more about how you can more easily reach the ears of your entire congregation.

3 Reasons to add AudioFetch to your College Campus

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A college campus is a vibrant place of learning, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  The atmosphere is ripe with growth and learning, and the technology available on campus for various activities is a great opportunity to inspire students and faculty alike. An audio solution that transmits audio over wifi could be a great addition to any higher education audio-visual department and opens up some creative opportunities to enhance the experience of everyone on campus.

STUDENTS

Students work hard to become informed and expand their knowledge and skills.  They learn from books, professors, visiting lecturers, and each other. They attend multiple classes and spend long hours studying.  To unwind they sometimes look to the Student Union to share a meal, a televised sports event or an episode of South Park or Jeopardy.

One television, turned up loud enough for so many people to hear, can seem blaring to those who are more interested in talking to their friends.  For students who are studying while they eat, the noise of the television that rises and falls with the excitement of sports announcers’ voices or the music of commercials can be very distracting.  Or perhaps there are several televisions showing different programs and one can’t be heard over another, creating a cacophony of noise. And what if students with hearing disabilities just want to hear what’s on TV more clearly?

Any streaming device that transmits audio via wifi to a user’s smartphone, would be a perfect solution to manage noise levels in shared student spaces like the Student Union or dorms. Think of the peace in having an audio-streaming device that would allow students to listen to any TV through their cell phones.  Earbuds would prevent distracting anyone sitting nearby, and students could still watch together by tuning in to the same channel.

PROFESSORS

Seeking to vary the classes or impart direct knowledge, a professor might take a class of students to a museum, a play, a special lecture or a local engineering facility.  Communicating with students might be distracting to others at the museum, play, or lecture, and might be impossible in a plant, however, a personal PA system for teachers that streams audio directly to student smartphones would allow the professor to communicate with all the students over any other noise and without disturbing anyone nearby. Not only that, through direct streaming, students are more likely to hear every word of instruction through their earbuds and are less likely to be distracted or miss something vital because of ambient noise.

GUEST LECTURERS & PRESENTERS

Very often during the semester, a college will host a special visitor who might lecture on politics, environmental issues, the entertainment industry, or host a Q & A.  These special presentations are open to the public and many people from the community attend. Students attending the college or members of the community whose first language is not English are at a slight disadvantage because they might miss the nuances of the speaker.  Wouldn’t a translator be a big help? A translator could be a volunteer from the community who transmits the dialogue over streaming audio, allowing everyone to hear the lecture in their own language. Not only that, but attendees with hearing impairment could also benefit from an audio streaming device that amplifies the sound of the lecture directly into their ear buds.

An AudioFetch education sound system that streams over wifi could solve so many on campus challenges and be a great addition to the student and community experience.  If you would like to know more about our audio streaming solutions, contact us today!

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GIVEAWAY!

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AudioFetch is the absolute best platform for providing local audio over WiFi to smartphones and tablets across any application. The Fetch-family of products are employed in fitness centers, sports bars, restaurants, churches, universities, lecture halls, theaters, tour companies, airports, correctional facilities, community centers, casinos, auctions and more. Our solutions are easy to install and stream audio to your customers smart phones, so you get to avoid upkeep and tracking of clunky equipment.

Embrace the “bring your own device” (BYOD) culture, by allowing your customers to use their smartphones for hearing assistance, access to multilingual content, audio descriptions or any live voice audio.

Whether you’re a tour company, church, educational facility, theater or any other type of venue, we want to help your guests hear better. Now through September 30th, we’re giving away a free AudioFetch FetchExpress system to four lucky winners! Just enter your business information for a chance to win!

To give you an idea of some of the creative ways an audio streaming solution could help improve your business here are 4 of our top blogs to offer inspiration…

Enter the Bring Your Own Device Giveaway today!

Build Community with Theater Translation

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We live in a multi-cultural global society with large populations in every country speaking Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, English and hundreds of other languages. Yet, while we may seem so different from our foreign neighbors, we are intrinsically alike as we share similar emotions, concerns, intellect, and desires. We just express them differently.

One of the best ways to bring community together is through art – painting, sculpting, music, dance, and especially theater. Theater performances use various types of cultural language – verbal language, body language, costumes, and music. Some of the meaning an actor expresses in another language can be understood by gestures, facial expressions and movement. However, without understanding verbal language there is only partial understanding and much of a play, performance, or speech can be lost. For a complete artistic experience, a translator is needed.

A translator in a theater may sound like a terrible idea. Who hasn’t been annoyed by someone talking behind them in a theater?  The solution is to use a system that streams audio over wifi, sending a one-way audio broadcast to a user’s smart device via an app. A translator can speak only to those audience members who need to hear the event in another language through ear-buds. It’s a wonderful way to bring the audience in tune.

An assistive listening device for theaters that streams audio to your audience members’ smart devices means no need for additional hearing assistive devices, upgrades or care. AudioFetch solutions can connect with the wifi service already at the theater – without any wiring or bulky equipment. All the audience members have to do is download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple audio solution that could grow your attendance while creating a stronger community.

If you would like to learn more about theater and auditorium hearing solutions with AudioFetch, contact us today!

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