A few days ago, Google’s head of hardware, Rick Osterloh, announced the company’s acquisition of Raxiuma five-year-old tech startup that owns a MicroLED technology that could be essential to the development of a new generation of augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets.
When Google’s acquisition of Raxium was first reported last month, it was noted that MicroLED technology could be useful in creating augmented reality displays that are more energy efficient than other solutions while remaining colorful. Additionally, Raxium is working on “monolithic integration” for MicroLEDs, which The Info says will effectively allow them to be made from the same silicon used in most processors, which could make the price so. OPPO, Apple and Vuzix are among the other companies working on AR hardware with a MicroLED display.
This confirms that Google’s next big move in augmented reality is getting closer: the company has already acquired eyewear maker North in 2020 and is also expected to employ developers to design a virtual reality operating system. In January, we managed to learn that Google Labs is starting to develop an augmented reality headset even titled “Project Iris” under administration as the trial version of the Project Starline high-resolution video chat showcased at the I/ O from last year.
Rich Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices and Services, Google, said,
Today we are announcing that Google has acquired Raxium, an innovator in single-panel MicroLED display technologies. The Raxium team spent five years creating miniaturized, laudable, and energy-efficient high-resolution displays that laid the foundation for future display technologies. Raxium’s technical expertise in this area plays a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts.
Google didn’t provide much information
Raxium is based in Fremont, Calif., and joins Google’s Devices & Services team. We are delighted to have the Raxium team to help us achieve our goal of creating useful devices and services to improve people’s daily lives.
Unlike Meta and other rivals, Google hasn’t said much about its augmented reality plans, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t working on it. Last year, information about Google’s augmented reality operating system leaked at the end of the year through job postings and the company was reportedly planning to release an augmented reality headset. here 2024.