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These Earbuds Give you Superhuman Hearing
Get Daredevil-like bionic hearing with these amazing earbuds that let you
tweak live sound
By Drew Prindle – June 2, 2015
At first, the idea of a hearing aid for people who can already hear just
fine seems ridiculous – but if you entertain it for a second, it starts to
make a bit more sense. Imagine what it would be like if, with the help of
technology, you could make your already good hearing better. What if you
could filter out certain noises and amplify other ones to customize what you
can hear? Well, if
NY-based startup Doppler Labs has its way, you might soon be able to.
Doppler has recently taken to Kickstarter to fund the launch of a device
It’s essentially a set of earbuds that gives you the ability to selectively
filter and amplify sounds from the world around you in real time, thereby
allowing you to fine-tune your hearing for certain environments. If properly
adjusted, this little gizmo (which its creators refer to as the world’s
first “hearable tech” device) could help you do things like hear your dining
partner better in a crowded restaurant, understand your friends at loud
concerts without them screaming in your ear, or even eavesdrop on people
from the other side of a room.
The way it works is pretty straightforward. On the outward-facing part of
the earbuds, there’s a set of microphones. These pick up audio from the
world, which is then sent through a digital signal processor (DSP), and
subsequently played into your ears with no perceivable latency (i.e. under
microseconds). With the help of an accompanying smartphone app, you can
how the DSP behaves, and make the headphones produce sound waves that add,
remove, or augment the original audio signal. It’s basically like having a
volume knob and EQ settings for every single sound that enters your ears.
The range of potential uses for this tech is huge. Want to tune out the
annoying pop music playing in the grocery store, but still hear the cashier
when you get up to the register? Wish there was a mute button on that crying
baby on your red-eye flight? Feel like your car stereo doesn’t have enough
bass? With the right signal processing algorithms, Here could totally make
The earbuds aren’t quite available for purchase just yet, but Doppler has
opened up pre-orders on Kickstarter, so if you pledge your support now
during the early
stages, you can lock down a set of Here buds for about $179. If the company
successfully raise the $250K it’s shooting for in the campaign, it expects
to begin shipping to backers sometime around December.