Author: S.Nandhini Devi
Designation: Software Developer Mobility
Doppler’s ear buds work by using algorithms to cancel out sounds you don’t want to hear as they enter your ear, while letting through the sounds you do want. Doppler Labs, a wearable-technology startup of which Kraft is cofounder and CEO. Kraft was using an iPhone app to manipulate the sound of his voice and the relatively quiet background noise of the office in ways that only I can hear.
Controlled with a Smartphone app, and the company plans to include settings for situations like live music and travel. Nuheara, meanwhile, is trying to do something similar to Doppler but also plans to let users of its forthcoming wireless earbuds connect with digital audio — music, phone calls, and, on the iPhone Siri. David Cannington, a cofounder of Nuheara and its head of sales and marketing, says an iPhone app will let users do things like adjust background noise to enhance music they’re listening to or boost their hearing in a noisy restaurant. Cannington says the company hopes to have a working prototype by the end of the year and to start selling the ear buds in late 2016 for “less than $300.”
Like all kinds of wearable hitting the market, though, those made by Doppler, Nuheara, and others are facing formidable challenges with technology and comfort. Since they tend to use Bluetooth for communication between the in-ear device and a Smartphone app, they depend on that wireless technology to work well — and as anyone who’s used a Bluetooth headset knows, the sound quality can be choppy even over very short distances.