Google Acquires UK Startup That Turns Objects Into Speakers

Google Acquires UK Startup That Turns Objects Into Speakers

No financial details of the acquisition are presently known, though the deal may have ended up being worth north of $10 million, with Redux raising half of that sum in capital funding last March alone.

The Verge tested startup's technology past year on a tablet. The same controlled vibrations could also be used to deliver haptic feedback through the display. The startup is developing technology, and it will be able to turn certain surfaces into speakers. Apple recently adopted an advanced Taptic Engine in its iPhones and other devices that offers enhanced feedback, and Google may be planning to use Redux tech in a similar fashion.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones both feature dual front-facing speakers, which has been welcomed by many critics and users. The reason was simple: in the ongoing fight to make thinner smartphones that pack in more and more tech, space is at a premium. This technology has interesting ramifications and possible uses in Google's consumer lineup. This technology can free up space in the devices, creating room for batteries or other components. "When it comes to mobile phones, we are not only saving valuable real estate and creating a waterproof housing, we are eliminating the need for additional speaker holes and most importantly, improving the audio quality". If Google doesn't put Redux's technology in a smartphone, it's certainly possible that the company could put it on one of its very own Smart Displays.

The takeover of the sound specialists could see an influx of new engineering talent for Google that could help the company incorporate better sound systems into its handsets in the future. Their technology has been created for mobile and consumer devices, home appliances, automotive and aerospace applications but can be tailored to nearly any bespoke application.

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