Facebook Now Has Two Big Ears

Facebook’s latest acquisition is a sound one, literally, as the social network scooped up virtual-reality audio company Two Big Ears.

In conjunction with the acquisition, the social network also announced the launch of Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, where developers can access its authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine for cinematic VR and 360-degree video free-of-charge.

The following announcement appeared on both the Two Big Ears homepage and the page for the Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation:

At Two Big Ears, we’ve been hard at work creating technology and tools that have defined how immersive audio is crafted and experienced in VR and AR (augmented reality), both now and in the future. We’re proud to see the impact our work has had on so many great projects.

Now we’re ready to take the next step on our journey and scale our work from within Facebook. There is so much still to explore. By joining with a company that shares our values and our vision, we will be able to scale our technology even quicker as we continue powering immersive audio experiences.

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.

Starting today, our pipeline for cinematic VR and 360 video, including the authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine, is available for free. We’re excited to be able to continue developing great tools for a larger number of people across the world.

Facebook also issued a statement on the acquisition:

Two Big Ears has revolutionized how humans hear sound with software. We’re excited to welcome them to the Facebook team and give even more people access to their incredible work through our platform.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s latest acquisition?