Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space.

For entrepreneur Jonathan Wegener, it was a culmination of events that led him to build a new app that requires shared AirPods. Back in the early 2010s, when Wegener was building the memory app TimeHop, he was also digging Improv Everywhere’s Mp3 Experiments in New York, a “participatory audio experience” that delivered coordinated movement instructions to thousands of people wearing headphones. He deemed the Mp3 Experiment “mind-blowingly cool,” both private and communal: A voice whispering in your ear, a sense of camaraderie with strangers as you participate in the same public performance.

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