Google Acquires Company With Tech That Turns Displays Into Speakers

Pablo Tucker
January 11, 2018

Redux has invented and developed a technology that helps eliminate the need for speakers in mobile phones, freeing up valuable space for batteries or other add-ons.

It spent almost $1 billion (£740 million) in 2013 on Global Positioning System tracking and navigation company Waze.

With the acquisition, Google now has an extra 178 patents under its belt, which it can use to enhance its future smartphone and other devices - perhaps even future Google Home hardware. However, it is believed the deal went through in August.

It reported that Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself using small actuators. The Verge was actually able to try out the startup's technology previous year on a tablet. The sound quality is said to be "decent".

Redux's main investor was Arie Capital, a United Kingdom -based venture and private equity company, which invested $5 million. The company had under 50 employees.

It also has technologies that add haptic feedback on mobile displays, which provides vibrations to imitate what it feels like to push physical buttons.

So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some auto infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. For Panel Audio, they are using special actuators that "deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) - providing a versatile and robust overall solution". It has also emerged that the company quietly purchased a United Kingdom startup called Redux in August.

It remains to be seen what Google's plans are for this technology.

This appears to be the latest in a string of takeovers from the tech conglomerate.

At CES 2018, Google mainly focused on promoting its smart speakers and its new line of Smart Display devices, its direct competitor to the Amazon Echo Show.

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