Two wireless earbuds and a smartphone app may soon change the way we hear our favorite bands and concerts. Doppler Labs have unveiled their new Here Active Listening System, an in-ear device that allows the user to control their live audio environment, whether it's boosting the bass at a club or drowning out a crying baby on an airplane. Quincy Jones and composer Hans Zimmer have signed on to the endeavor, with the artists acting as both advisor and investor.
"Our hope is that Here will open up a new paradigm for the concert experience and for live listening," Doppler Labs co-founder and CEO Noah Kraft tells Rolling Stone. "Here has the potential to make every seat in the house the best seat in the house, from an audio perspective. You will be able to dial-in the perfect EQ for your environment, but also, as we build the Here platform, Doppler Labs will be able to recommend the perfect volume, EQ and effects for any given section based on your own historical audio preferences and the acoustics of that specific room."
The Active Listening System boasts features that allows users to alter the EQ of where they are, apply sound effects like reverb and vinyl crackle and use a Real World VolumeControl to adjust the volume of one's surroundings. An assortment of pre-set filters will also be available to reduce the noise of loud babies and bump up the bass of any sound, with the app allowing users to craft their own unique concert experience.
Doppler Labs has launched a Kickstarter to raise additional funds for their Listening System, with a goal of $250,000 aimed for July 1st. Those who back the project will have the opportunity to get their hands on the Here Active Listening System before it hits the public.