On the other hand, Google has acquired Raxium, a startup that produces MicroLED technology that could be key in building a new generation of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) headsets. This was confirmed by Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh.
Previously, Google acquired glasses maker North in 2020, and reportedly hired engineers to build the AR operating system.
In January 2022, Google Labs was reported to be building an AR headset called “Project Iris,” under the same management as the Project Starline high-resolution video chat demo that was shown during last year’s I/O event.
When The Information first reported on Google’s purchase of Raxium last month, it noted that MicroLED technology could be useful for building AR displays that are more energy efficient, but still look colorful.
Additionally, Raxium is working on a ‘monolithic integration’ for MicroLED, which according to reports The Information made of the same type of silicon as most processors, potentially significantly lowering the price.
Other companies working on MicroLED AR hardware include Oppo, Apple, and Vuzix. Thus, as reported The VergeFriday (6/5/2022).
On the other hand, Microsoft has launched an augmented reality device called HoloLens. Meanwhile, Apple, Meta, Snap, and company are reportedly investing heavily in creating their own hardware that combines the boundaries between the real world and the digital world.
According to the official Raxium website, Super AMOLED screens on most phones have a pixel pitch (the distance between the center of one pixel, and the center of another pixel next to it) of around 50 microns.
While the Raxium MicroLED can regulate about 3.5 microns. This solution is quite proud because it is able to give birth to unprecedented efficiency.
Osterloh referenced size and efficiency in his blog post about the future display technologies Raxium might build.
He said the company will join the Google Devices & Services team, and its technical expertise in this area will play a key role as the company continues to invest in hardware.