Doppler Labs' clever Here Active Listening System developed with some help from Hans Zimmer and Quincy Jones.
Startup Doppler Labs is introducing some inventive technology designed to let users control and personalize their live listening experience --for instance at a concert or on a plane--by wearing wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are controlled by a smartphone app.
The Here Active Listening System -- what the company also refers to as 'bionic ears' -- were unwrapped Tuesday morning on Kickstarter, though its development team has already attracted some high-profile investors, notably Hans Zimmer and Quincy Jones, who are communicating regularly with the team and providing development input.
These are not like earphones in that they are not designed for music playback, nor are they designed to compete with noise cancelling headsets (though there can be some overlap) or as a replacement for a hearing aid. Rather, the idea is to give the user control of whatever he or she is hearing, such as a live concert.