Earlier this year, Doppler Labs have launched a new product prototype at Kickstarter, called Here. These are wireless earbuds but you can’t use them for streaming or playing recorded music. Featuring a Digital Signal Processor and signal processing algorithms, the earbuds practically curate sounds coming to your ears so you can control what you hear in any situation. This could help people with misophonia, who are extremely sensitive to trigger sounds.
For example, with the Here Active Listening System and the app settings you can suppress the jet engine on an airplane, reduce a baby crying, boost the bass in the club, mix a live concert, reduce chatter at the office so you can focus, reduce traffic sounds, and so on.
The earbuds feature active noise cancellation, live music equalizer, various sound effects to augment your audio reality, preset filters for enhancing the sound environment, and preset modes for different scenarios. They connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and have 6-hour battery life. They come with multiple silicone tip sizes and a charging case.
The technology behind Here works by targeting specific frequency ranges to modify sound as it enters ears. The incoming sound waves are captures, the audio is then processed and Here play back the desired result without perceivable latency.
• Fit Style: In the ear
• Driver Size: 8mm
• Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
• Cable Type: None
• Microphone: MEMS omni-directional
• Output: Peak SPL TBA (starting at ~100dB)
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0
• Battery: Lithium ion rechargeable battery, 4-6 hours depending on usage
• Weight: 9.5 – 10g
• Compatibility: Any iOS or Android device that supports BLE (Android 4.4 and up)
Doppler Labs will ship Here in December to certain countries at the list price of $249.