Hear/Augment App

This is the evolution of the amazing RjDj app from way back. I wasn’t sure at first if it qualified as audio AR because it takes the naturally occurring audio in one’s environment and processes it in real-time to create your own personalized audio environment rather than placing entirely new audio content into the listener’s audioscape. But this is one of the things that makes it so cool and unique. And if I follow our own criteria for what defines audio AR, this still fits the bill:

  • it relates to the listener’s physical environment through the natural sounds nearby
  • you interact with it by making sounds that are processed in real-time
  • it is an entirely audio-based experience

I’m not sure what filter I like the best, but they are all fun to play around with. Apparently, this new reincarnation is supposed to use the filtering to create an environment that is more conducive to good health. I’m not sold on that per se, but find the experience enjoyable and a good way to be more in tune with the sounds in your environment.

The Augment app filters your acoustic environment, takes out harsh sounds and turns stressful noise into harmonic sound environments.


Their branding is a bit confusing as I’m not sure if the app is officially called “Augment” or “Hear”, but either way, it is worth checking out.

You can download the free iOS app from the App Store: Hear App