Written by Michael Masukawa • December 13, 2016
So you’re at a live concert and the bass is strong enough to shake your clothes off, but you want it turned up even more.
With Here One, you can make that happen. Or filter any frequency range you want.
A new “active listening” device coming from Doppler Labs, Here One is a computerized set of wireless earbuds controlled by a connected app that allows the wearer to filter or enhance live sounds and even layer streamed audio over ambient sound. Using multiple signal processors and algorithms, the device targets frequency ranges to modify sound as it enters your ears, with no distinguishable latency between the live sound and the filtered result. It can reduce unwanted noise and amplify what you do want to hear.
Lauded by the audio world, and even scoring recognition as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2015 and winning “Best in Show” at SXSW 2016, it’s no surprise that the waiting list for the Here One is over 100,000 pre-orders long. They’ll be shipping in time for the 2016 holidays, but how many orders they can fulfill by Christmas remains to be seen.
Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign in June 2015, Doppler Lab’s listening system attracted over $620,000 in support in a matter of weeks, with 2,855 total backers. That’s a lot of excitement, even for a project that may fundamentally change the way we experience music.
Conceptually, Here One presents a huge array of functional possibilities. Fundamentally, though, what it offers is total comfort and complete control of what you hear at your next live event.