Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

Google has bought a company that turns any surface into a speaker

The Verge was actually able to try out the startup's technology previous year on a tablet. So they are turning displays into speakers, which is pretty damn cool. Mashable was able to show off a demonstration of the tech in action during MWC 2017.

According to its page the company 'developed breakthrough technology which transforms the user experience by bringing surfaces to life with Sound and Touch'. 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 use its technologies inside PCs and some auto infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. We hope Google can take advantage of it soon. 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.

Google has already removed the headphone jack from the its latest Pixel phone, now it looks as though the company is heading in a direction where it will be able to send the speaker packing too. While the external space a speaker demands is one thing, it also occupies room inside the phone. At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo device. Its main Google division started selling its own smartphones in 2016, so new engineering talent from Redux may help the company develop handsets with better sound.

Google has remained quiet on the acquisition of Redux. The Verge had some hands-on time with the company's tech past year, 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.

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