Google could be heading for speaker-less future


Just recently Wired wrote about how companies might use audio to transfer data, which may be part of Google's plan for Redux.

Redux had no products on the market but created a technology that can turn displays into a vibration media. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition. Not only does this mean that more advanced haptic feedback is possible, but the displays can also be used as speakers. In March of a year ago, it raised $5 million in funding, with Crunchbase noting that the deal took place in August, with an Irish-based subsidiary of Google conducting the deal. The company could conceivably use the HTC team's expertise with Redux's technology to reduce speakers, create more room inside its smartphone cases, and create different-looking devices.

The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within United Kingdom regulatory filings. The sound quality is said to be "decent". This is a company that has technology that allows the display on your mobile phone to act like a speaker.

When Apple Inc. (AAPL) ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone, and it said the reason was "courage"? that wasn't the reason, the actual reason was simple: in the ongoing fight to make thinner smartphones that pack in more and more tech, space is at a premium.

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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.

Redux raised $5m in March 2017 from investors including Arie Capital. Google will probably implement the tech in the upcoming Pixel lineup.

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) acquired a United Kingdom speaker tech startup late a year ago for undisclosed terms.