Google recently acquired 3D sound startup Dysonics, which could help it bring some new features to its wireless Pixel Buds or any of its other future products.
Some Dysonics employees have joined Google in recent months, and are now working on audio devices.
Google also acquired Dysonics’ intellectual property rights, including some patents for binaural audio tracking, a useful feature for future versions of Pixel Buds, or other wearable audio devices.
The acquisition took place in December, and was revealed in Deposit A talk to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Founded in 2011 as a branch of UC Davis Technology Incubator, Dysonics initially built a motion tracker for headphones, making it possible to add spatial awareness to audio wearables.
Dysonics later partnered with Virgin America to bring surround sound to its in-flight entertainment system, and has also developed a 3D audio authoring program for VR content makers.
Others (Robert Dalton) Robert Dalton, The company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, his account information via LinkedIn to acknowledge the move to Google, and his account indicates that he is developing audio devices for Google.
Another former Dysonics employee notes on LinkedIn that he now works on a team building audio algorithms for a variety of Google device products.
Google can use Dysonics employees and its technology for future versions of Pixel Buds, allowing the company to add the spatial audio feature available via Apple’s AirPods Pro and AirPods Max models.
It is also possible that Google may use the startup’s technologies to further enhance the sound of its Nest speakers.
Google may also use Dysonics employees and technologies for audio in its future augmented reality devices.
After Google has moved away from the AR and VR space for some time, it has taken steps in recent months indicating renewed interest, as it acquired the augmented reality glasses maker North in June 2020.