Google acquires United Kingdom startup with speaker-less audio & sound-based haptics tech

Google acquires United Kingdom startup with speaker-less audio & sound-based haptics tech

Google acquires United Kingdom startup with speaker-less audio & sound-based haptics tech

It also has technologies that add haptic feedback on mobile displays, which provides vibrations to imitate what it feels like to push physical buttons. Turning screens into speakers would help free up space inside smartphones for other components like bigger batteries. The startup is developing technology, and it will be able to turn certain surfaces into speakers.

Google has already removed the headphone jack from the its latest Pixel phone, now it looks as though the company is heading in a direction where it will be able to send the speaker packing too.

Chief executive Nedko Ivanov, who left in August according to his LinkedIn profile, said in 2016 that the company hoped to break even by 2018. By vibrating the screen using tiny actuators, sound is created from the display. And displays with tactile feedback could offer a unique selling point for the company's devices - similar to Apple's pressure-sensitive "3D touch" iPhone screens. We hope Google can take advantage of it soon.

Google has been aggressive this year with its touchscreen products, predominantly the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

While no one was paying attention at the end of 2017, Google swooped in and purchased a company in the United Kingdom called Redux that has a couple of pretty unique ideas around display panels.

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Google has remained quiet on the acquisition of Redux.

Last year, on the sly, Google purchased United Kingdom startup Redux.

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.

It is unclear what work the Redux team will do for Google, or already has been doing, but it's possible that they could be working to use the technology to improve the sound quality of Google's own smartphones.

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