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Jun 3, 2015 2:41 EDT

Here Active Listening – Change The Way You Hear The World: Use two wireless buds and a smartphone app to control what you hear and how you hear it

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 3, 2015


Here Active Listening – Change The Way You Hear The World



Through two truly wireless, in-ear buds and a smartphone app, Here allows you to instantly control real world audio so you can hear what you want to hear – no matter the situation – and be fully immersed in your audio environment.

Here does not stream or play recorded music. Instead, the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) inside Here acts as a studio in your ears by providing you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio. Use this “remote control for your ears” to have an optimal listening experience every time.


Here has been engineered to give you control of any and all live listening experiences: Suppress the jet engine on an airplane. Reduce a baby crying. Boost the bass at a club. Live mix a concert by adding reverb. Enhance your senses and personalize every listening experience.


The technology used in Here is fundamentally different from any audio technology that has come before it. Here uses a variety of signal processing algorithms that target specific frequency ranges to modify sound as it enters your ears. Each Here bud captures incoming sound waves, processes the audio, and then plays back the desired result with no perceivable latency (i.e. in under 30 microseconds). 


Here is not meant to replace your headphones, headsets, or earbuds. The Here Active Listening System is designed for live listening environments, and is optimized for targeted, episodic use in live scenarios (e.g. concerts, stadiums, flights) where you can control and curate what’s happening in real time. Put simply, earbuds are for listening to recorded audio. Here buds are for engaging with real world sound.


The Here system has been optimized for live music, so we invited two of the world’s top violinists to our NY office to put it to the test. Watch Charles Yang and Tessa Lark demo an early Here prototype and experiment with live EQ:


Given that it’s the first product of its kind, Here presented a unique challenge for our design team. We wanted to create a wearable that you would be proud to wear – something that was both functional and elegant. To achieve this, we developed a product architecture that optimizes battery power and efficiency, while being discreet enough to allow you to bae yourself in social settings.

The simple shape of the Here buds masks the complexity of its many components. It took us months to figure out how to fit so much tech into a small form factor that sits comfortably and securely within the ear. The inner shape of the Here buds is the result of countless iterations and prototypes, tested and evaluated hundreds of times. To further optimize comfort and performance, Here has three interchangeable sizes of custom designed silicone tips.


Here is redefining the limits of low-power signal processing and in-ear audio computing. We’ve chosen a comprehensive combination of hardware components and features for optimal live audio processing (and listening): a low power ARM processor for effects and EQ calculations, an ultra low latency audio input/output system, and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio for control via smart phone. Our premium low-noise MEMS microphones handle massive SPL, while the powerful driver can add or subtract wide-band audio so that you can tailor your sound experience in even the loudest of acoustic environments. 

On the mechanical side, we carefully selected materials and engineered complex internal air spaces to allow for maximum sound reduction, targeted signal processing and deep bass. We ran tests in simulation on our boards and on our early “Franken-Here” models (see below) to ensure the highest quality performance. 


After countless months of testing the Here system in our lab, Jacob (our Director of Design) and Andrew (Senior Product Engineer) went undercover with an early working prototype to try out the Here buds during our partnership activation at Coachella 2015. It was important for us to make sure that Here worked in a loud, real world music setting, and we couldn’t think of a better environment than Coachella. Check it out!


At Doppler Labs, we believe in a post-mobile future where tech gets out of the way of the human experience. We believe wearable technology should integrate seamlessly into our lives and enable us to curate our environment to our liking. In service of that vision, we build products that give you the tools to engage with the world around you without removing you from the moment or experience.

The Here Active Listening System is the first step in pursuing that vision. We wanted to provide the best sound quality at shows, remove unwanted noise, and fix sleepless overnight flights, so we created an elegant solution to give you control of your audio environment.

As our technology becomes more powerful with each iteration (and each additional user), we open up doors for future innovation. The possibilities of what we can do with a speaker, microphone, and computer in your ear are limitless, from using voice as an input modality and speech as an output modality to transforming the fundamentals of human communication.


We launched DUBS Acoustic Filters in September 2014 and since then have sold hundreds of thousands of DUBS, won several design awards, and most importantly have gained the praise of audiophiles around the world, with some even claiming that the DUBS Acoustic Filters were “the best thing I bought this year”.

By creating the DUBS, we were able to gain valuable experience. We assembled a team with proven expertise in launching new products, forged partnerships across the music space (e.g. Coachella, Tao Group, SoulCycle, Bonnaroo/Outside Lands, AM Only, Tiesto, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones), learned valuable information about our ears (their shape and how they perceive sound), and worked out the kinks of manufacturing products in China.

This experience has proven invaluable to the development of our team as we begin to ramp up for production of the Here Active Listening System. Given our track record, we are highly confident in our ability to deliver a great product and deliver it in the projected timeframe.


Our confidence in our vision is founded in the expertise of our highly experienced team of designers, engineers, technologists and business leaders.

Doppler Labs is dedicated to our vision of enhancing all aspects of the listening experience by building immersive wearable technology. Each team member plays a critical role in helping us achieve our vision, drawing on their own personal experience building and shipping products for major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, and disruptive start-ups like ClassPass, Dropbox, Palantir, Sonos, and Tesla (via Interlink Electronics).


Are you a software developer?

Join us in making Here more than just a product. If you are a developer, we would love your help in growing the Here system into a platform for your ears.  

For priority access to our forthcoming developer platform and first tier support from the Doppler Labs team, be sure to choose one of the two developer package options when selecting your reward.

Are you a producer, musician, or artist?

We want Here to redefine the way we listen to live music. As music lovers ourselves, we have optimized the Here system for live music and surrounded ourselves with some of the foremost composers and producers in the world.

Our team at Doppler Labs has made huge strides but we can only get better with the input of sound designers, engineers, producers and musicians. Choose our producers package or sign up to get involved and stay up to date.


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