Google buys microLED firm Raxium to strengthen hardware team, probably for augmented reality

In response to reports, Google announced today said the microLED firm Raxium has been bought and will be joining the Devices and Services team.

Rich Osterloh, the head of Google’s hardware division, made the announcement and hailed Raxium as an innovator in single panel MicroLED display technologies.

The Raxium team has been working on tiny, affordable, and energy-efficient high-resolution screens for five years, laying the groundwork for new display technologies. As we continue to invest in our hardware efforts, Raxium’s technological knowledge in this area will be essential.

Google was reportedly interested in microLED for augmented and mixed reality devices, according to earlier reporting from March. As mentioned earlier:

MicroLED , which is still in its infancy, is now only available for expensive, huge screens, such as wall-mounted signs, but LG did reveal an 136-inch 4K HDR model at CES that is anticipated to be released this year. Although it is inorganic (like LCD), it has OLED characteristics including brightness and good color fidelity. Energy efficiency is the most crucial feature of this display technology because it is required for limited, face-mounted wearables.

Raxium sets itself apart by employing a distinctive production process that ought to be more economical.

This information was revealed as information about Meta’s rival activities surfaced earlier this week. By 2024, Meta is supposedly releasing a second-generation mixed reality headset that will compete with laptops and Chromebooks. In the same year, Project Iris, the first Google device, is apparently set for release.

Google’s 9TO5 Today’s announcement, which was made in a brief, two-paragraph blog post, is very similar to the North acquisition in June 2020. Today there is no mention of augmented reality, but the framework fits. Once the display technology gets more affordable, it is unknown if Google would pursue microLED for Pixel phones or other form factors.

A strong indication of Google’s commitment to the future form factor is the company’s purchase of the essential AR/MR technology. Its a practice that its competitors ( Apple , Snap, and Meta) in the field have previously taken.

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