Rick Osterloh, head of Google’s hardware division, confirmed Wednesday the company’s acquisition of startup Raxium, whose MicroLED displays could help create a new generation of augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed (MR) reality headsets.
With this deal, Google is one step closer to creating similar headsets. The company previously acquired smart glasses maker North in 2020 and is reportedly in the process of hiring specialists to build an augmented reality operating system.
In January this year, The Verge reported that Google Labs is working on an augmented reality headset called Project Iris, which plans to release in 2024.
The resource that reported last month about the purchase of Raxium by Google The Information noted that MicroLED technology can be useful for creating augmented reality displays, because such screens are more energy efficient than other solutions, but at the same time provide a rich image. In addition, Raxium uses “monolithic integration” for MicroLED, which means that displays can be made from the same type of semiconductor used in most processors, which will significantly reduce the price.
Companies working on MicroLED technologies for use in AR/VR devices include Oppo, Apple and Vuzix.
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