Rick Osterlohhead of Google’s hardware division, revealed that the company had acquired Raxium, a startup created 5 years ago focused on creating panels with MicroLED technology. This acquisition could be key to building a new generation of virtual, augmented and mixed reality glasses, and it should be remembered that in 2020 it had already acquired to eyewear manufacturer Northwhile reports reveal that it is hiring engineers to build an augmented reality operating system, and that Google Labs is building an augmented reality mask for now known as “Project Iris“.
“Today we are announcing that Google has acquired Raxium, an innovator in single-panel MicroLED display technologies. The Raxium team has spent five years creating miniaturized, cost-effective, and energy-efficient high-resolution displays that have thrown the foundation for future display technologies.”Raxium’s technical expertise in this area will play a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts,” Rick said on the company’s official blog.
“Raxium is headquartered in Fremont, CA and will join Google’s Devices and Services team. people’s daily life.
When The Information first reported on Google’s potential acquisition of Raxium last month, it noted that MicroLED technology could be useful in creating augmented reality displays that are more energy efficient than others. solutions, but still look colorful. . Additionally, Raxium is working in the “monolithic integration” MicroLEDswhich would amount to making them with the same type of silicon used for most processors, which could significantly reduce the price. Other companies working on augmented reality hardware with MicroLED technology include Oppo, Apple, and Vuzix.
As for the competition, Microsoft has already unveiled a HoloLens augmented reality device, while Apple, Meta, Snap and other companies are investing heavily to create their own hardware that overlays information and images on top of the real world.
According to Raxium itself, a Super AMOLED screen on the phone has a pixel pitch (the distance between the center of one pixel and the center of another pixel next to it) of around 50 microns, while that your MicroLED could handle about 3.5 microns, which implies a higher resolution. It also has a “unprecedented efficiency“, more than five times higher than any world record.