Google’s expected Pixel Buds followers have been making waves online for a while now, including some appearances in recent FCC archives. We have not yet learned exactly what can separate these next generation buds apart from the package, but a new acquisition can give us some tips. Google has acquired Dysonics, a startup specializing in 3D audio.

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1; which includes Dysonic’s IP and patents – went through in December, according to a new report from Protocol. Since then, some of the former employees have been confirmed through LinkedIn to work with new hardware at Google itself, potentially including 3D audio technology. A pair of next-generation Pixel Buds could end up with spatial audio support, in the footsteps of Apple’s AirPods Pro.

If you have not heard of Dysonics before, you are not alone. The company was founded as part of the UC Davis Technology Incubator in 2011; to date, the largest project came from collaborating with Virgin America on surround sound for the aircraft’s entertainment systems. While there is no guarantee that Dysonic’s sound technology will get to Pixel Buds in particular, it seems like a battle made in heaven to compete against Apple’s best-selling wireless headphones.