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Doppler’s Here One wireless buds are an in-ear computing platform

Doppler Labs’ first product was a pair of high-tech earplugs. Then it went to Coachella to introduce Here Active Listening—wireless earbuds which let you tweak real-world sounds in a way that Fast Company contributor Sheila Marikar described as “augmented reality for your ears.” The company is now taking pre-orders for its next product, which it … Continue reading “Doppler’s Here One wireless buds are an in-ear computing platform”

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Doppler Labs’ first product was a pair of high-tech earplugs. Then it went to Coachella to introduce Here Active Listening—wireless earbuds which let you tweak real-world sounds in a way that Fast Company contributor Sheila Marikar described as “augmented reality for your ears.”

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The company is now taking pre-orders for its next product, which it plans to ship in November. The $299 Here One builds on Here Active Listening by allowing you to adjust how live music sounds and erase background distractions. It also lets you stream wireless audio from a smartphone, and even listen to streamed music without blocking out the sounds around you.

Doppler is positioning Here One as a smart way to interact with AI services such as Siri and Google Assistant. Over time, it also aspires to build a computing platform of its own. Long-term, that could make it less of a competitor to garden-variety headphones—including other wireless buds—and more of a discreet alternative to smart watches and Google Glass-style goggles.

About the author

Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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