Google acquires MicroLED display startup for future AR headsets


Google has acquired Raxium, a five-year-old Bay Area startup working on MicroLED display technologies for wearables and augmented as well as virtual reality (AR and VR) headsets. MicroLED can be used to create energy-efficient AR displays without losing any color.

“Today we are announcing that Google has acquired Ruxium, an innovator in single-panel MicroLED display technologies,” Rick Osterloh, senior vice president, Devices and Services, Google, said in a company announcement post.

“The team at Raxium has spent five years creating miniature, cost-effective and energy-efficient high-resolution displays that have laid the foundation for the display technologies of the future. Raxium’s technical expertise in this area will play an important role as we invest in our hardware efforts. will continue to do so.”

Google’s acquisition of Raxium indicates that the company is dedicated to developing the components needed to make AR devices a reality. Raxium says its display technology is five times more efficient than the current world record holder. Previously, Google acquired VR glasses maker North in 2020, and is reportedly hiring engineers to build an AR operating system under “Project Iris”. A leader in human computer interfaces and smart glasses, North has built a strong technology foundation.

Meanwhile, Google is actively recruiting to build an “augmented reality OS (operating system)” for an unspecified innovative AR device, as Meta (formerly Facebook) and Apple aim big on the future of AR and the Metaverse. . Mark Lukowski, a senior Google executive, said in a LinkedIn post that he will lead the operating systems team for augmented reality (AR) at Google.

“If you’re interested in joining me on this journey, I’d love to talk,” he posted.

Google is also looking for a senior software engineer, Embedded Systems, Augmented Reality OS. The Google AR team is a group of engineers, designers, and research scientists tasked with building the foundation for best immersive computing and prototyping useful, enjoyable user experiences.

“Our team is building the software components that control and manage the hardware on our Augmented Reality (AR) products. These are the software components that run on AR devices and are closest to the hardware. Just like in the Google AR portfolio. product adds, the OS Foundation team is the first software team to work with the new hardware,” the company explained.

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