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Published on July 10th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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What If You Could Change the Way You Heard the World? Follow Me on This.

When it comes to sonic input, we have several choices: (1) We can accept what we hear and just deal with it; (2) cover the world up with other sounds, like music pumping through headphones; and (3) mute the world entirely (or as much as possible) using earplugs or retreating to a quiet spot.

But what if we could adjust the sounds of life to our liking?  Let me introduce you to Doppler Labs. From Business Insider:

Doppler Labs CEO Noah Kraft says his office isn’t intentionally loud, but the blaring car horns that drift up from the SoHo street below serve as a constant reminder that the world isn’t always sound-optimized. Kraft and his team hope to change that with new wireless earbuds he calls the first step toward bionic hearing.

Doppler Labs isn’t interested in blocking out all natural noise and pumping prerecorded sound into your ears. The team wants to change the sounds that are coming in. It wants you to customize your sonic world in exactly the way you want.

Imagine being able to turn up the bass at a concert, or reduce the sound of a baby crying on a plane. That’s Kraft’s vision, and Doppler’s new “Here” active listening system is how he says he’ll prove it’s possible.

To learn how all this works, read the rest of the story here.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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