Earphones allow user ‘selective hearing’ in the real world




A set of earplugs that allows the user to adjust sounds from the outside world, on Thursday reached its goal on Kickstarter crowd-fund site. The Lord earphones cost $ 179 and have to come in December, though a Dutch introduction uncertain.

The Lord earphones are Doppler Labs according to the company that produces the wearables made ​​to control people to allow what they hear. Thus, the earphones are able to reduce aircraft noise or baby screams, while at a concert the bass for example, which can be increased. Effects can also be used as echo and reverb. The earbuds can be set with an app via Bluetooth connection. The devices are not suitable to play music. Doppler Labs they are not intended as a hearing aid.

A microphone on the outside captures incoming sound, followed by a digital signal processor applies the selected sound. Then the sound through the 8mm drivers played. Doppler Labs carried out without noticeable delay. Since also a small part of the original signal reaches the eardrums, sits at the side of the ear canal also have a microphone to evaluate the total sound signal, so that the DSP can adjust the output of the caps for the best result.

The wearables weigh about 10g per cup and are supplied with three interchangeable silicone tips of different sizes. The earphones must have a battery life of four to six hours. The box in which the caps can be stored is also a battery pack, and also functions as a charger. On a full charge can fully recharge the devices twice.

Doppler Labs previously developed soundproof earplugs named Dubs . Tuesday came with the Lord earphones on Kickstarter, after some to have been a year in development. The project reached in two days its goal of $ 250,000, approximately 222,000 euros.

On Kickstarter, the earphones are available from $ 179 for quick decision makers; the retail price at launch is $ 249. In December, the caps will be delivered, but as yet only to the United States. Doppler is said to work on an international launch, but mentions no specific date when the caps are available here.


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