Pick which outside sounds to block out with Here One wireless earbuds

There’s a baby wailing on the bus? Just block it out

So it’s a pair of wireless earphones?

Indeed it is – but not just any wireless earphones. The Here One come with smart noise filters that let you block out whichever exterior sounds you want while letting other sounds in.

Explain, please!

So when you’ve got the Here One earphones tucked in your lugholes, you can block out ambient exterior noise – as you can with most noise-cancelling headphones - but these also let you increase or decrease the level of noise cancellation employed as well as select specific sounds to block, while letting you hear other sounds clearly.

Why would I want to do that?

Let’s say you’re riding a bike through traffic and you want to listen to music. With the Here One, you can make sure that traffic noise will stay audible, letting you stay aware of your surroundings. But if you decide to get the train home, you can block out all outside noise so you don’t have to listen to babies screeching or the rattle of the railway. It’s the best of both worlds, baby!

Is that all?

No, it can also amplify speech, so if you’re at a crowded party you can tweak the earphones to hear conversations more clearly. People might wonder why you’re wearing earphones at a party, mind you.

And what about the tech stuff?

Well, the Here One use Bluetooth to link up wirelessly to Android and iOS devices, where an app allows you to adjust the various volumes and control how much ambient noise is filtered out/in. There’s also an EQ to tweak audio frequencies, and the app will learn your preferences for everything, meaning you shouldn’t have to spend too much time fiddling around with it.

Alright, but what’s the sound quality like?

No idea – we haven’t used them yet. They’re not coming out until the end of the year.

But if I decide to take a punt on them anyway?

Folks in the US can pre-order now ahead of a November launch, while those in other parts of the world will be able to pre-order from the autumn. Interested? You can sign up for updates at the Here One website. Oh, and they’ll cost US$299 (about 20,000).