The folks at Doppler Labs come a long way in a few short years. The company led by Noah Kraft and Fritz Lanman, first launched with a fully mechanical ear plug for concerts. Last year, they launched the Here Active Listening System, which put a tiny micro-computer in their user’s ears, letting them control which frequencies they want to hear.
Today however, all those steps culminate in the company’s first mass-market launch. Here One is the first all-in-one, truly wireless listening system. With two smart buds and a connected app, you can stream music, take phone calls, reduce unwanted noise, amplify speech, access siri and Google Now, and more. Selectively choose what you want to hear and remove what you don’t.
Everything else is just headphone. These straight outta science fiction earbuds let you control the volume of the world. The Here One buds will cost $299 when they ship in November. Doppler calls them “the last thing you’ll ever put in your ears.” What the Here One buds do except for the things that other Bluetooth earbuds do, is let you filter and change the noise of the real world.
Using the companion app, you can change frequency response, tune out things like baby screams and train screeches, or turn up the volume of the people in front of you. There are multiple directional mics inside the Here One, so the sound editing becomes even more powerful. When you first set up your Here Ones, you’ll go through a customization process, so the software can learn the particulars of your ears and hearing and thus attenuate sound specifically for you. Once you’re up and running, you’ll also be able to mix real-world sound with whatever you’re listening to, in what Doppler calls “layered listening.”
Instead of jamming headphones into your ears to drown out the world, you can have it sound as though your music’s playing from a speaker a few feet away. Here One is made to be worn all the time, so that voice assistants like Siri, Cortana and the like could potentially be talking all day long. Of course the most frequent question raised is regarding the battery life. The independently wireless earbuds last about 3 to 5 hours on a charge, and charge up in their battery-pack case with turbo charge. Doppler’s CEO stated that they wanted create something more than a volume knob in this loud world, so they thought of putting a supercomputer in every year. With a price of $299 there is not much left to ask for.
The company has started taking pre-orders and will start the delivery around November, to reach the customers before the winter holidays. This is it for now, stay tuned for more updates an reviews from the experts.