Google Buys UK-Based Phone Screen Speaker Startup

By Gary Cutlack on at

Some lucky tech developer in Cambridge has achieved the cashing-out dream, with no less a cash bag than Google agreeing to buy the mad-sounding speaker technology created by Redux.

The Redux system uses actuators to create noises by vibrating screens in a jazzed up haptic feedback kind of way, with the company describing its technology as being able to deliver a "naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display" -- something that, if proven, could remove the need for putting standalone speakers in the next or next-next generation of smartphones.

Someone had a go on it nearly a year ago and it appeared genuine, with the haptic actuators also serving to add depth to the feel of the display. [Bloomberg]