In-ear computers, otherwise known as earables, are here.
Sony’s 360 Reality Audio is a new format that uses Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology to enhance sound—setup requires that you allow photos of your ears to be scanned, analyzed, and stored on Sony’s servers.
Apple’s AirPods may soon include biometric sensors to monitor temperature, perspiration and heart rate during exercise or sports.
Starkey’s Livio AI uses A.I. and an array of sensors to modulate external sound—if you’re someone who complains that restaurants or public places are too loud, this device may help you hear better, while also acting as a digital assistant. New iterations will track lots of different health and behavioral metrics, like cognitive activity and how you’re engaging with other people, and it will translate 27 different languages in near real-time.
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