The demise of two well-funded “hearable” manufacturers raises the question of when, or whether, this new product category will ever become the multibillion-dollar market that some analysts are predicting. The problem isn’t lack of funding or dearth of imagination. It’s that several core technologies simply aren’t yet far enough along to deliver all that consumers are asking for.
Doppler Labs started shipping its Hear One Wireless Smart Earbuds last February but shut down production in November. And Soundhawk, maker of a well-promoted personal sound amplification product (PSAP), discontinued operations over a year ago. Many other hearable makers are still out there, but so far none appear to have broken away from the pack. [Read more…]