Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Alphabet has acquired Redux via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google.

Redux's said in 2017 that its patented bending wave techniques could allow it to turn a smartphone screen into a high-quality speaker. Redux's website is now blank, and its official Twitter account has not posted an update in almost nine months. The same controlled vibrations could also be used to deliver haptic feedback through the display.

On that subject, the site says that the Redux's products can provide, "Great stereo audio directly from the screen, eliminating the need for micro-speakers and releasing valuable internal space for extending battery or other components", and that it can "focus desired haptic effects at specific touch-points". This kind of imitates the sensation that makes it feel like users are actually pushing buttons or adjusting sliders on a device's display.

So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet. For instance, the iPhone X and a couple of other bezel-less smartphones like the Mi Mix have strategically relocated hardware like the mic and the earpiece in order to accommodate the larger display.

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The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending.

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

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.

Sometime previous year, Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom startup doing rather interesting work with sound, including a new type of speaker and haptic feedback.

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