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Reimagining Sonic Horizons: The Fusion of Cognitive Experience Design and AI in Hearables

Joanna Peña-Bickley
4 min readJul 9


A harmonious convergence has emerged in the pursuit of reimagining healthier entanglements between tech and humans in the Web3 era. This convergence brings together Cognitive Experience Design, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and sensory computing, forming a powerful alliance. With the potential to revolutionize sensory computing products, this alliance, particularly in the true wireless hearable market, promises a transformative shift in how we perceive and interact with the digital world.

In the pursuit of augmenting reality and creating digital overlays to the real world, the next horizon unveils a symphonic journey where sound harmoniously accompanies our human experiences. While visual experiences have dominated the landscape, the true potential lies in the power of audio, unlocking an immersive and captivating augmented reality. Although some earbud manufacturers have introduced spatial sound experiences, we have only scratched the surface of what is possible — a world where audio innovation leads to long-term brain vitality.

In our pursuit to bring technology closer to humanity, we must not overlook the tremendous impact human hearing can have on our balance, perception, wellness and emotions. It is through the symphony of sound that we can transport ourselves to new dimensions, seamlessly blending the realms of the real and the virtual. I want you to imagine narratives that unfold through audio, where every whisper, every beat, becomes a brushstroke in the canvas of our imagination. By harnessing the potential of audio, augmented reality can transcend its limitations, captivating our human senses and ushering us into a world where the boundaries between reality and technology are beautifully blurred.

Several years ago I embarked on an audacious journey, blending the visionary spirit of Cognitive Experience Design with the transformative capabilities of AI (specifically NLP), to create sensory computing products that endowed us with super hearing. Orchestrating a symphony of design and technology, harmonizing the realms of human cognition and artificial intelligence I developed a charter to shape a future where every sound is a masterpiece.

Cognitive Experience Design: Crafting Experiences that enhance rather than distract us.

Cognitive Experience Design stands at the forefront of creating captivating and meaningful experiences, seamlessly blending human cognition and technological innovation. It places humans at the center, embracing their desires, needs, attention spans and aspirations. As we apply this design philosophy to sensory computing, we are driven to craft new types of devices (eg. hearables) that transcend the incrementally mundane. Through thoughtful consideration of comfort, personalization, health and emotional connection, I have organized a team that is developing an Sensory Operating system that orchestrates an auditory experience that resonates deep within the souls of our customers.

AI’s Symphony of Possibilities in Sensory Computing Products:

Guided by the principles of Cognitive Experience Design, we venture to introduce the virtuoso of our symphony — Artificial Intelligence. AI, with its ability to analyze vast amounts of data and extract meaningful insights, adds an unparalleled dimension to sensory computing products. Let us explore the myriad ways AI harmonizes with Cognitive Experience Design, transforming hearables into instruments of wonder:

  1. Adaptive Soundscapes: Through AI’s analytical prowess and Cognitive Experience Design’s empathetic understanding, we can create hearables that adapt to the unique auditory preferences of each individual. Imagine walking through bustling city streets, and your hearables, guided by AI’s intelligence, create a symphony of sound tailored precisely to your desires. Unwanted noise fades away, and the 777HZ melodies or spoken words that inspire you soar, evoking a sense of harmony and tranquility.
  2. Contextual Brilliance: AI’s brilliance lies in its ability to comprehend and interpret context. By infusing hearables with AI’s contextual awareness, we transcend mere audio playback. These remarkable devices, guided by the principles of Cognitive Experience Design, effortlessly adapt to your environment, delivering the perfect soundtrack for every moment. Whether it’s the serene rhythm of nature during a leisurely stroll or the pulsating beat of motivation during a workout, your hearables become a seamless extension of your surroundings.
  3. Symphony of Personalization: The marriage of AI and Cognitive Experience Design allows for personalized, transformative experiences. As AI algorithms learn from your patterns, habits, and preferences, they compose a symphony of recommendations, ensuring each auditory encounter is tailor-made to captivate your senses. The brilliance of personalized soundscapes harmonizes with your unique essence, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
  4. Insightful Crescendo: AI’s analytical capabilities and Cognitive Experience Design’s focus on user-centricity combine to gather invaluable insights. By listening to your needs, observing your interactions, and studying the harmony between your preferences and the melodies of technology, we refine and elevate the sensory computing experience. Each crescendo of improvement is meticulously composed, ensuring that our products evolve to harmonize perfectly with your desires.
  5. Unleashing Augmented Audio Realms: Through the virtuosity of AI and the brilliance of Cognitive Experience Design, we transcend boundaries. Augmented Audio Reality unfolds before your ears, merging the digital and physical realms in perfect synchrony. Imagine hearing the whispers of history as you explore ancient ruins or having your surroundings come alive with audio-based narratives that transport you to new dimensions of imagination. With hearables as our vessel, we embark on an extraordinary journey where reality merges seamlessly with the symphony of augmented possibilities.

As we embrace the extraordinary confluence of Cognitive Experience Design and AI, we are poised to redefine the auditory experience. Together, we shall compose a symphony that resonates deep within, a harmony between human cognition and technological innovation. In this grand symphony, hearables will captivate, inspire, and transport us to realms previously unimaginable. Let us, like the maestros of design and technology, continue to innovate, harmonizing the realms of the human mind and the power of AI. Together, we shall shape a future where every sound is a masterpiece, where sensory computing products delight, and where the world resounds with the symphony of our dreams.



Joanna Peña-Bickley

Artist, Activist, Inventor, Designer of intelligent things that are useful, usable and magical. |