Just as Microsoft put “a computer on every desk” and Apple put a computer in every pocket, Doppler Labs’ mission is to put a computer, speaker, and mic in every ear. And after 3 years of development, the company is proud to announce its flagship product in service of that vision: Here One, the first all-in-one wireless listening system ($299).
With two wireless smart buds and a connected app, Here One combines the functionality of conventional headphones — streamed music and wireless phone calls — with Doppler Labs’ proprietary smart listening and noise-filtering technologies. Whether it’s reducing noise, amplifying speech, accessing Siri or Google Now, streaming music, taking phone calls, or layering digital audio over real-world sound, the Here One does it all.
Starting today, you can pre-order Here One for $299 at www.hereplus.me (U.S. only; international availability coming soon). Here One will start shipping and be available for purchase at retail this November.
During the past year, Doppler Labs engineered, built, and shipped the Here Active Listening system; won SXSW’s Best of Show, Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and Cannes Lions Best in Product Design; and partnered with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to bring Here Active Listening to hundreds of thousands of attendees.
[Sidenote: I, your HRAC CCO, can personally attest to just how good the Here Active Listening System is. I’ve live-EQed them in my ears via the Here app on my iPhone 6s at 10 concerts over the past month, and I’ll continue to do so to every show I attend, moving forward. My full review will be coming soon to Sound & Vision, and HRAC will link accordingly as soon as possible.]
Since introducing Here Active Listening in a limited run, over 100,000 people joined the Here waitlist. Doppler Labs also received incredible feedback from its 10,000 early adopters (the “Here Pioneers”), which the company has used to define the feature set for Here One. Through this process, two things became clear: There’s much more excitement around real-world sound control than they expected (and a desire for even more control over unwanted noise), and also overwhelming demand to combine Here’s core functionality with music streaming and phone calls.
Unlike traditional headphones, which isolate you from the world and have limited features, Doppler Labs has created a product that you can comfortably leave in your ears — even in social settings or places where you need to easily communicate or interact with the world around you. They’ve taken the noise filters from Here Active Listening and dramatically improved them so that you can now selectively cancel or amplify particular sounds.
Whereas Here Active Listening removed entire frequency ranges, Here One introduces its proprietary “adaptive filters,” which identify and target sounds such as human speech, sirens, a crying baby, a jet engine, and more — so you can suppress or amplify those sounds exactly to your liking. Plus, you can still find the original EQ, volume, sound effects, and “tune in” presets from Here Active Listening.
It’s become increasingly clear that voice interaction with smart AIs (Siri, Google Now, Alexa, Cortana) is going to play a large role in the future of how we interact with computers, information, and the world. Here One — with its multiple microphones — is uniquely positioned to give you direct access to these tools.
Headphones — as we currently know them — are isolating. If someone wants to talk to you while you’re using them, you have to pause and take the headphones off to engage or communicate. With Here One, this is no longer an issue. You can now stream audio and listen to your surroundings simultaneously, blended perfectly so you never miss what’s happening around you: layer play-by-play commentary or stats at a game for a better experience from the stands, safely listen to music while riding your bike, or get updates during a meeting.
The Here Pioneers helped Doppler Labs understand that we all hear the world differently. To account for these differences, Here One is customizable to your personal listening preferences, giving you the best listening experience for your ears in any scenario. That means you’ll no longer have to manually adjust filters each time you use the Here One app — they’ll automatically be calibrated to your personal listening profile based on how you hear the world.