Canadian Company Crowdfunds Graphene Headphones


A Canadian company born in the vision of two scientist brothers is all about improving sound. The company is called Ora. Based in Montreal and founded by former McGill University PhD candidates Robert-Eric and Peter Gaskell, their brainchild is a new sound-boosting membrane that can drastically improve the audio in headphones, portable speakers and cell phones.

These tiny, vibrating sound components are usually made of paper, Mylar or aluminum. But substituting ultra strong, thin, flexible and conductive graphene can increase life and sound quality.

As quoted in the Montreal Gazette online, Robert-Eric, Gaskell, who earned his PhD in sound recording in 2015, says: “Because it’s (graphene) so stiff, our membrane gets better sound quality. It can produce more sound with less distortion, and the sound that you hear is more true to the original sound intended by the artist. And because it’s so light, we get better efficiency — the lighter it is, the less it takes.”

Ora rolled out its rigid graphene membrane last January at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electric Show. At least six cellphone were willing to test prototypes of the technology.

“Ari Pinkas, who heads product marketing for Ora, tells ‘We’re talking about big cellphone manufacturers — big, recognizable names. Technology companies are intrigued by the idea of using Ora’s technology to make smaller speakers so they can squeeze other things, such as bigger , into the limited space in electronic devices. Others might want to use Ora’s membrane to allow their devices to play music louder.’”