Google acquires Raxium, may be planning to launch an AR headset for the metaverse

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It looks like Google is getting ready to give augmented reality (AR) another shot with its acquisition of Raxium. Neither party has disclosed the terms of the deal, but according to a report InformationGoogle placed a value of $1 billion on Raxium.

Raxium is a startup dedicated to manufacturing MicroLED displays and has made impressive strides in the field of augmented reality displays.

OLED microdisplays are considered the best choice for AR in the field of transparent displays, as they have a very high pixel density and do not require a backlight. However, they do pose the problem of low brightness.

“MicroLED can be much brighter than OLED. This is especially important for AR smart glasses that will be used outdoors,” said Guillaume Chansin, director of display research at DSCC. “MicroLED has the potential to deliver high resolution, high contrast and high brightness. That’s why it’s become such a strategic investment for tech companies working on smart glasses.”

The company recently claimed that R, G and B are capable of achieving very good performance for microLEDs at very small sizes, without significant efficiency loss on a single wafer. Another more exciting claim is that the company managed to achieve this at <5um.

Google hasn’t announced any plans for a potential AR headset or how it wants to target the space with Raxium.

Aside from Google, Apple is another major player currently rumored to be making big strides for future AR or mixed reality headsets. It is said that the so-called MR headset will cost up to $ 3,000 (approximately Rs 2,28,753) and will use a micro OLED display.

Microsoft currently sells an AR headset called the HoloLens 2, which costs $3,500 (approximately Rs. 2,66,884). The Meta Quest 2 headset from Meta is only $300 (approximately Rs 22,875).

After Google acquires Raxium, plans to launch an AR headset for the metaverse may be the first to appear on BGR India.

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