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The Future of Smart Earbuds is Here, Powered by Engine

Selectively tune into sounds you want to hear, based on where you are.

Factual Products: Engine

The Challenge

Do you ever wish you could selectively cancel out noise as you move around the world? Reduce the noisy background restaurant chatter and hear your friends more clearly? Filter out that subway noise and hear your music better? The future of smart headphones is here, with the Here One Wireless Smart Earbuds, developed by Doppler Labs. Here One works with a companion app, which includes a proprietary feature called Smart Suggest. Smart Suggest automatically detects where you are and recommends the appropriate Noise Filters and Real-World Volume settings for every audio environment. In order to do this, the system needs to understand where users are in the real world with a high degree of accuracy.

The Solution

To meet this challenge, engineers at Doppler Labs evaluated a number of solutions that provide location data for mobile applications.

“After evaluating several options for Smart Suggest, we found that Factual’s Engine mobile SDK provided the most accurate location and the most relevant results. Engine provides not only location, but also location categories, such as restaurants, airports, and more,” said Steven Chou, iOS Engineer, Doppler Labs. “In addition, the Engine engineering team was great to work with, quick to respond, and collaborative.”

Using Engine mobile SDK, Smart Suggest accurately detects whether you’re in a restaurant, airport, office, and many other places, and suggests the appropriate Noise Filter for your environment. Instead of only checking device latitude and longitude against a polygon, Engine uses a machine learning model that takes into account numerous factors, including popularity of places, business operating hours, lay of the land (relationship to street, building, and plot polygons), density of business in the surrounding area, and accelerometer motion.

The Results

The result is a highly personalized audio experience using cutting edge technology. As users continue to incorporate Smart Suggest into their daily lives, the system will get smarter and more personalized over time. “I love the idea of the new Smart Suggest. I imagine when it learns my listening habits that it will become a very useful feature, and I can’t wait to see where the future of headphones go from there” - Joe V. (Here One customer) “We see ourselves on the cutting edge of audio and computing. Engine brings location intelligence to our app. Going forward, we plan to investigate Engine’s nuanced location targeting capabilities to make our user experience even more intuitive and natural.” – Bentley Rubinstein, Director of Marketing, Doppler Labs

Engine brings location intelligence to our app. Going forward, we plan to investigate Engine’s nuanced location targeting capabilities to make our user experience even more intuitive and natural.

Bentley Rubinstein Director of Marketing, Doppler Labs

The Here One Wireless Smart Earbuds are currently available on the Here One website at https://hereplus.me.

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