Traditional earphones are inherently flawed in that they only work at their best when they completely block out ambient sound, making you deaf to your surroundings. While smart earbuds such as the Bragi Dash now allow you to adjust the level of audial transparency so that you remain aware to your sonic environment, Doppler Labs’ new Here One earbuds go one step further, letting the user modify incoming sound through a variety of settings, such as “echo” and “fuzz.” The earbuds will also feature “adaptive filtering,” which can identify and deaden sounds like a fire truck siren while keep the voice of your friend crystal-clear.
Multi-directional built-in microphones can also replicate the direction of incoming sounds and accurately replicate them for your ears. Here One will also be able to stream music from your phone, as well as access voice-activated personal assistants like Siri and Google Now. While they are far from the standalone modules we see in Spike Jonze’s 2013 film Her as they still require a smartphone connection to function, Here One is a very promising look at what we have in store for the future. Available for pre-orderes today for $300 USD, find out more online here.