Rick Osterloh, head of Google’s hardware division, on Wednesday confirmed the company’s acquisition of startup Raxium, whose MicroLED displays could help create a new generation of augmented (AR), virtual (VR) and mixed reality -Headsets (MR) to develop.
With this deal, Google is one step closer to developing similar headsets. The company previously acquired smart glasses maker North in 2020 and is reportedly in the process of hiring specialists to develop an augmented reality operating system.
In January of this year, The Verge reported that Google Labs is working on an augmented reality headset called Project Iris, due for release in 2024.
The resource that reported on Google’s purchase of Raxium last month The information noted that MicroLED technology can be useful for creating augmented reality displays, since 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 displays can be made from the same type of semiconductor used in most processors, which will bring the price down significantly.
Companies working on MicroLED technologies for use in AR/VR devices include Oppo, Apple and Vuzix.