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hEAR

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hEAR

April 2015

Sound isolating headphones that make it possible to manipulate how an environment is heard.

 
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hEAR is an experimental headset that integrates binaural microphones and stereo headphones into a pair of sound isolating ear muffs.

 
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Environmental sounds picked up by the microphones are processed in realtime by a laptop. Digital signal processing techniques are used to add delay, shift pitches, and manipulate the stereo field in order to alter when, how, and where a listener hears environmental sounds.

 
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hEAR makes it possible to design different perceptual experiences by shifting the experience of sound out of sync from the experience of vision.