Doppler Labs’ new Here Active Listening system consists of two wireless buds and a smartphone app that that will enable you to control – amplify, and silence – the sounds around you.
Noah Kraft, co-founder and chief executive officer CEO of Doppler Labs, said that in the future, wearable devices will be everywhere. The new earbuds were made to help people personalise their sonic experiences and be more engaged in their environments.
The pair of earbuds, that are part of the Here Active Listening system, can wirelessly connect to a smartphone app through Bluetooth. Incoming sound waves are captured by a microphone on each Here earbud.
According to the Doppler Labs, each bud has electronics that are able to modify those sounds; the results are then played by miniature speakers. Everything occurs in less than thirty millionths of a second, which causes no perceivable delay. Here’s settings can be adjusted using the smartphone app, Doppler Labs stated. The system also has active noise-cancelling technology.
The Here buds can enhance or reduce the volume, bass, treble, as well as other aspects of live sounds in the surrounding worlds. For instance, you could turn off the sound of a dog barking, dampen the noise made by a crowded room, or perhaps boost the music at a club. The possibilities are endless.
With the help of low-power electronics that increase battery power, and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Here Active Listening system can operate for about four to six hours, Doppler Labs said. Two additional chargers are also housed by the case that holds the earbuds.
For the new project, Doppler Labs managed to raise more than $635,000 through Kickstarter. Moreover, about $17 million were raised from venture capitalists to help launch the Here Active Listening system onto the market.
Doppler Labs announced that the device will be available to buy at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, this year in April. Currently there is a limited run of 10,000 Here Active Listening units, but the waitlist for the devices already exceeds 25,000 people.
Kraft noted that Here Active Listening does not play music that is wirelessly transmitted by a smartphone, it is not meant for phone calls, and it is not a hearing aid. Here can also not replace hearing protection-systems used at firing ranges, he explained.
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