Thrive AudioUltra-realistic Spatial Audio for Virtual Reality








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What is it?

THRIVE is a headphone audio system that unlike other "3D audio" technologies, actually recreates an ultra-realistic soundfield at the listeners ears including height and depth. We use the Oculus Rift's head-tracking to inform our soundfield reproduction and in this way our technology is intrinsically linked to the Rift and complements it creating a truly immersive audio-visual experience. In order to enable that, we have developed a Unity plug-in for games developers along with a standalone API for everyone else.  We know that the user is not experiencing true VR unless the sounds match the sights and we believe our solution is the most advanced out there.

Who are we?

Thrive Audio is a company made up of a group of Research Engineers from Trinity College Dublin who live and breathe 3D virtual audio environments. Our technology, on which two patent applications were recently filed, stems from almost a decade of internationally acknowledged research into spatial audio. This research has been reported in over 20 peer reviewed publications by the group over the past three years alone. Thrive can now deliver highly realistic, dynamic and very efficient soundfields which react in real-time to listener’s movements providing the most realistic VR experience. Before the advent of the Oculus Rift our team has experimented with virtual surround audio over headphones using the Microsoft Kinect and other head tracking technologies. From this experience, we have worked with multiple developers on the Vibrant Indie Games scene in Dublin, Ireland. However, now, the fusion of VR headset technology with our own has finally made it possible to deliver a truly immersive experience.


We are thrilled to announce that in early 2015 the Thrive Audio team joined Google, with the shared objective of bringing immersive audio to VR!

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