‘Here’ no evil

I am very disappointed to learn of the dissolution of Doppler Labs and the discontinuation of their Dubs passive hearing protectors and highly innovative active Here One bluetooth ear buds.

Doppler created a new product category for a consumer product designed to augment normal people’s hearing. To pull this off requires solving many audio engineering challenges including providing ultra low latencies, beam forming microphone arrays, active noise cancelation, etc.

They further successfully petitioned for legislation to dramatically open the hearing-aid market to over the counter device sales.

I am most disappointed by the loss of products that might have been.

There have been a number of article written about Doppler’s Fall, including a message Doppler posted to their customers.

It is perhaps telling that apparently acquisition talks stalled and there is no buyer for the company, products, employees, or IP.

My best wishes for future innovation from Doppler staff, hope they land well, and for Doppler customers who took a bet on the future and get to experience an imperfect early whisper.

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