The future belongs to the metaverse. So all big names in the tech world are actively working on corresponding products. Google is no exception. Earlier today, through The Verge, we learned that Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh confirmed that the company had acquired Raxium. The latter is a five-year-old startup focusing on MicroLED technology. This ought to become key in building a new generation of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality headsets.
This simply means that not only Apple and Facebook but other the giants like Google are actively working on AR and VR products. Interestingly but not surprisingly, Google has previously acquired the glasses maker North in 2020. Over these years, Google has been hiring engineers to build an augmented reality operating system. Moreover, in January this year, we got information saying that Google Labs is building an AR headset called “Project Iris.”
In fact, The Information was the first to report about this acquisition a month earlier. In its report, the source also emphasized that MicroLED tech could be useful when designing AR displays as the technology will make them much more energy-efficient than other solutions. Plus, Raxium is reported to be working on “monolithic integration” for MicroLEDs. In simple words, MicroLED displays might be produced with the same kind of silicon used for most processors. So the prices of the first MicroLED displays won’t touch the skies. However, as you guess, Raxium is not the only company working in MicroLED. Other companies working on similar products include Oppo, Apple, and Vuzix.
Google Rivals Also Work On Similar Products
The competition in this segment is gearing up. Microsoft has already made its move and launched an AR device with HoloLens. However, other companies such as Apple, Meta, Snap, and others are still heavily working to create their own hardware.
On the official website of Raxium, we can read that a Super AMOLED screen on our phones has a pixel pitch (the distance between the center of one pixel, and the center of another pixel next to it) of about 50 microns. The MicroLED technology could manage it around 3.5 microns.