Everything else is truly just a headphone

“Everything else is just a headphone.”

Reminiscent of the 1998 movie, “Small Soldiers” quote, “Everything else is just a toy,” these headphones bring something new to the landscape that consumers haven’t seen before.

Everything in one.

Or at least mostly everything--everything a consumer could want, that is. The headphones, named “Here One” are wireless and connect to your phone via an app which allows one to control the sound of the world as they know it.

Founded in 2013, Here One was created by Doppler Labs, whose mission statement is “make commuting more immersive and more human.” With these traits, the 65-person Here One team has created a new way to hear the world the way we want.  

Named as of one of the best inventions of 2015 by Time magazine and Best of Show at South by Southwest in Texas, Here One is clearly doing something right. They have already sealed a partnership with Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by allowing festival goers an opportunity to “personalize their festival experience with Here’s revolutionary technology.”

The headphones, in connection with the app, allow users to stream music and other content wirelessly, take hands-free phone calls while simultaneously being able to “amplify speech to tune into every word at a crowded restaurant or party,” and even “adjust real-world volume, tune in what you want and tune out the noise.” Here One headphones are much more than just a product: they are a learning technology. According to their website, ”Here One learns your preferences, provides suggestions based on your environment, and adjusts according to your personal Listening Profile.

What seems like a preposterous claim may have some truth behind it. While consumers may not find out for sure until the product hits the market this holiday season, it certainly looks promising. As for the long haul, Here One headphones represent something remarkable in what would otherwise seem like a decaying technology monopoly society currently abides by.

While Here One hopes to push the boundaries of “audio augmented reality” (something that is a bit absurd, especially when the current definition doesn’t support that claim.), it's certainly peaked my interest, especially as the market turns to wireless headphones with current tech giant, Apple Inc. getting rid of the headphone jack in their newest iPhone model.

Here One is shipping holiday season 2016 at a price of $299. Pre-orders can be done now on their website.