Facebook snaps-up Edinburgh startup Two Big Ears

iStock_000040126052_SmallTwo Big Ears, the University of Edinburgh spinout developing virtual reality audio tech, has been acquired by Facebook for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2013 by Abesh Thakur, and Varun Nair, the startup creates ‘technology and design that helps you to see through your ears’. In 2015, Two Big Ears played an integral role in creating a 360-degree virtual reality music video for Icelandic singer Björk.

“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” says CEO Thakur. “Thank you to our customers, partners and investors, including board members George Elliott and Neil Heywood, the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise and everybody who has been with us on this amazing journey. We look forward to advancing our mission – and continuing our work with you – from Facebook.”

Commenting on the progress of VR tech, Mark Zuckerberg has said: “Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together.”

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