Meta and a group of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) are working to bring realistic audio to the metaverse.

As Kristen Garuman, research director at Meta AI, explains (opens in new tab), there’s more to augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR, respectively) than just visuals. Audio plays a very important role in making a world feel alive. Garuman says that “audio is shaped by the environment that [it’s] inside.” There are several factors that influence how sound behaves, such as the geometry of a room, what’s in the room, and distance from a source.