Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

The startup is developing technology, and it will be able to turn certain surfaces into speakers.

The startup called Redux developed the technology called Panel Audio that allowed the panels or screens to produce audio without needing any speakers.

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. The sound quality from the vibrating screen was decent, and the haptic feedback made it feel like you were touching, if not physical buttons, then at least something. The tech is somewhat similar to 3D Touch, Apple's force-sensitive display feature on iPhones. With Google's acquisition, that may change soon. Google did not say how it plans to implement Redux's technology. 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.

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. While the external space a speaker demands is one thing, it also occupies room inside the phone.

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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.

Google quietly purchased a United Kingdom firm called Redux sometime a year ago.

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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