Headphone 3.0? How a computer in your ear could change headphones forever

Sound+Image mag


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They call it ‘Headphone 3.0’ – an evolution of the headphone. It will, they say, give control back to the user via a headphone-based operating system, enabling a new world of headphone apps that go far beyond the merely musical. 

“End users select how they hear the world,” says Sonical, the California-based company behind the operating system ‘CosmOS’ and the idea of Headphone 3.0 as an evolved app system. “App developers are given direct access to the consumer to deliver a truly differentiated experience, exactly what they need, when they need it.”