Smart earbud company Doppler Labs announced it will end all operations. The company was founded in 2013, and created the Active Listening System in 2015. Founder and CEO Noah Kraft further explained that the earbuds are battery-powered, will have the capability to improve the sound.
Doppler Labs launched its Here earbud in 2015. They envisioned working on the forefront of smart audio, that which lets you control outside noise, and they also planned translation mechanics and voice-guided features.
Doppler labs failed to raise funds for its next project, but they’re still supporting it until December 1, 2017. The company will issue a ported version of its next-generation Here One iOS app.
“We want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone’s ear,” said Kraft. But the Here Active Listening System was not up to that mark.
Kraft was honored on 30 Under 30 list in 2016. In 2013, the startup received $50 million in total funding from investors like Live Nation, The Chernin Group, and composer Hans Zimmer. The company sold only 25,000 pairs of its first product, the Here One. But the bad news is that they still have 15,000 remaining in a warehouse. Kraft reached out to tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, planning to invest heavily from these tech giants to buy Doppler.
But unfortunately, this idea also didn’t work out.
“There’s some bittersweet irony in seeing Google promote the Pixel Buds, its new wireless headphones,” says Kraft.
The Pixel Buds have real-time translation, which Doppler Labs had for its own headphones. When Google announced the Pixel Buds, they used a similar image as Doppler’s Here One marketing logo.