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 has yet to comment on a purchase price, or any other aspect of the acquisition. "Redux actuators deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) - providing a versatile and robust overall solution", the startup explained on its now dead website.

It is not clear when one of Alphabet's Irish subsidiaries acquired the startup, but it was confirmed on December 13 according to United Kingdom regulatory filings.

At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems.

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As revealed by Bloomberg, Redux is based in Cambridge and was founded in 2013 with 178 patents granted.

Component space is indeed at a premium now in smartphones, which is why both Google and Apple Inc. made the controversial decision to ditch the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack in the newer Pixel and iPhone models. The Pixel 2 in particular had very thick bezels that's very much the same size as its predecessor. Redux imagined many potential uses for its products, but the first application listed-and by far, the most interesting-is for mobile devices like phones. It could also improve waterproofing for future phones since it eliminates the need for speaker holes. The Verge had some hands-on time with the company's tech a year ago, trying out a tablet which vibrated its screen to function as a speaker, as well as a number of displays that used haptic feedback to mimic the feel of buttons, sliders, and dials.

At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon's Echo device.

The last public communication from Redux was in April 2017, when it unveiled its Panel Audio technology, which uses haptic vibrations and "bending wave" sounds to turn smartphone and tablet screens into high-quality speakers.

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