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Google Acquires MicroLED Display Maker Raxium To Dominate AR Space

By using the microLEDs technology, Google is planning to significantly cut down costs to produce far better augmented reality headsets.

Google Acquires MicroLED Display Maker Raxium To Dominate AR Space

Rick Osterloh, head of hardware at Google, announced their acquisition of Raxium, a recent start-up focusing on MicroLED technology that could be instrumental in developing a new lineup of mixed, virtual, and augmented reality headsets. 

This move reveals Google’s AR project is getting closer to release; they acquired North glassmakers in 2020 and are currently hiring a developer to engineer an augmented reality OS. Project Iris, a Google AR headset, also has the same management as Project Starline, the high res video chat demoed during last year’s I/O event. 

By using the micro-LEDs, Google is planning to significantly cut down costs. MicroLEds in AR displays are much more energy-efficient and yet deliver the same display quality. With monolithic integration, the display can be made from the cheaper silicon used in processors. Other giants like Vuzix, Apple, and OPPo are also working on MicroLED hardware ARs. 

Rivals Microsoft are already ahead in the game with the HoloLEns AR, while Snap, Meta, and Apple are heavily investing in producing their system that projects images and information onto the real surroundings. 

Maximum claim MicroLEDs to have a pixel pitch (distance between the centers of 2 adjacent pixels) of 3.5 micros, which seems like a massive improvement when compared to 50 microns of a super AMOLED screen. This also comes with improved efficiency and boasts of being 5 times better than any world record.

Maximum will join the Google Device & Services team to provide the technical expertise while improving the existing hardware efforts.

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