Facebook Acquires Two Big Ears To Ramp Up VR

Posted: May 24 2016, 2:25pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Facebook Acquires Two Big Ears to Ramp up VR

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Pushing its virtual reality (VR) dreams, social media giant Facebook on Tuesday acquired Edinburgh-based company Two Big Ears that specializes in spatial 3D audio in cinematic and gaming experiences.

Facebook will make the Two Big Ears' "3Dception" technology free for developers as part of their new "Facebook 360 Spatial Workshop," technology website TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

"Further progress in building hyper-realistic 3D audio is a major get for Facebook video and the Oculus platform," the report added.

Both the Gear VR and Rift support the immersive audio technology and the fact that Facebook is opening up Two Big Ears' 3Dception technology for free to developers is a nice move to keep content creators happy.

“Our mission is to make VR audio succeed across all devices and platforms and continue to help creators make the best experiences for billions of people across the world,” Two Big Ears said in a blog post.

Two Big Ears technology focuses largely on how sound plays in 3D spaces and how it interacts with surfaces that surround the viewer.

After this acquisition, developers are confident that it will make experiences better and has strengthened the company's move in making the Facebook, the default hub for immersive VR video content.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed yet.

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