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UC-Davis Incubator Spins Off Audio Technology Company

Earbuds (Alosh Bennett/Flickr)The business incubator at the University of California in Davis engineering school says an audio technology company is the incubator’s first spin-off to gain funding and begin doing business on its own. Dysonics, founded by emeritus engineering professor Ralph Algazi and colleagues at UC-Davis, is commercializing research conducted in Algazi’s labs.

Dysonics plans to develop audio devices that reproduce three-dimensional, immersive sound through headphones. “The shape of the head and ears, motion of the listener, and the acoustics of the room all play a role in the experience,” says Algazi. His research has explored capturing and reproducing these audio nuances, for a more realistic listening experience.

Algazi, along with Davis master degree engineering graduate Robert Dalton Jr. and former research colleague Richard Duda, formed Dysonics last year. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, the company secured $75,000 in seed capital from investment company Rawah Partners LLC.

Dalton told the Journal that the company aims to enhance “the mobile entertainment experience for the hard-to-reach 15- to 35-year-old demographic who consume media using their mobile devices.” Dalton added that Dysonics also wants to “open the door for businesses seeking to deploy new forms of revenue-generating media applications and content using our audio solutions on mobile platforms.”

The Engineering Translational Technology Center is UC-Davis’s incubator for start-up businesses begun in its engineering school. The center that started in 2010 provides client companies with campus space close to the university labs as well as support, mentorship, and introductions to potential investors and partners.

Dysonics is the first of the Engineering Translational Technology Center’s companies to secure enough funding to begin operations on its own, and has since relocated to San Francisco. Two other companies are still part of the center — one developing data-traffic management software, and another that plans to grow vaccines in tobacco plants for animal and human diseases.

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Photo: Alosh Bennett/Flickr

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