Google microLED Augmented Reality
Google has completed its acquisition of microLED firm Raxium for an undisclosed sum, marking yet another step forward in the search giant’s pursuit of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) aspirations.
Established in Silicon Valley by Gordon Wetzstein and Rick Dodd five years ago, the company specializes in microLED display technologies and is currently working on the development of AR and VR wearable devices and headsets.
For the last five years, the Raxium team has been working on developing tiny, cost-effective, and energy-efficient high-resolution screens, laying the groundwork for future display technologies. In a blog post, Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, said that “Raxium’s technical expertise in this area will play a crucial role as we continue to invest in our hardware initiatives.”
Raxium was acquired by Google in March, according to the company’s website. Compared to organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), the use of microLEDs is expected to gain in popularity for the types of smaller displays used in augmented reality devices in the near future. According to a March study by PYMNTS, Raxium does not have a commercial product.
The search giant was also apparently on the lookout for people with expertise in augmented reality operating systems. The business had already introduced the Project Iris AR headset and bought the startup North, which makes augmented reality glasses, two years ago.
According to the terms of the acquisition agreement, the Raxium team will become a part of Google’s devices and services division. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that bringing Raxium’s skills on board with the company would “assist us in our mission of developing useful gadgets and services to better people’s everyday lives.”
According to Raxium’s website, a Super AMOLED screen on a common smartphone has a pixel pitch of around 50 microns; the microLED screen can manage a pixel pitch of approximately 3.5 microns.