Fast Company

NOW HEAR THIS

Doppler Labs thinks the next frontier for wearable computing is your ears—and with Here One, it wants to lead the way.
Audio guides With their smart earbuds, Doppler Labs cofounders Noah Kraft, left, and Fritz Lanman are bringing augmented reality to ears.

I’m trying to listen as Doppler Labs cofounder and CEO Noah Kraft walks me through his company’s new smart earbuds over the din of a crowded restaurant, but the cacophony of chattering diners and clanking silverware is overwhelming. I can’t make out a word. Then, all of a sudden, the background noise disappears. Kraft’s voice comes in loud and clear.

It feels a little magical—even though we’re not actually at a restaurant. I’ve been getting a demo at Doppler’s San Francisco headquarters, and all of that background noise was a simulation, pumped into my ears—and then muted—via a cobbled-together tangle of earphones, microphones, circuitry, and other components.

In November, Doppler plans to ship a pair of sleek, wireless earbuds embedded with the same technology, allowing anyone, anywhere to neutralize the hubbub of a real restaurant. Paired with a smartphone, the $299 Here One

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Fast Company

Fast Company3 min read
“There Are These Magical Moments That Happen.”
A client will usually come with an idea that they want, but without the idea of how to realize it. The Lowline [the world’s first underground park, proposed for the Lower East Side of Manhattan] originally started with these large slabs of bent, soli
Fast Company2 min readFashion & Beauty
When a Simple Apron Becomes a Branding Opportunity
THE PROBLEM There was one thing Alex McCrery hated about his job as Jerry Seinfeld’s personal chef: his uniform. Chef’s coats and aprons are typically made with polyester, which is more water- and stain-repellent than cotton but feels hot and uncomf
Fast Company3 min read
“I Compartmentalize Everything.”
At Kaiser Permanente, we spend a lot of time talking about how to maintain resilience and make sure that we have good mental health and wellness in the midst of the stresses in our lives. Much of my daily routine is intended to create that balance.