Apple buys microLED company with potential to light up the iWatch

An iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

An iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

The complications behind creating a small screen for something like an iWatch are immense, but Apple has bought the company it may need to make it all possible.

TechCrunch reports that Apple has acquired LuxVue Technology, a small California-based company that specializes in “microLED-based displays for consumer electronics applications.” It turns out that microLEDs could work very well with wearables.

LuxVue has several patents related to microLED technology, which requires less battery life and offers better screen brightness than the current OLED displays that are out there. Google Glass uses OLED for its tiny heads-up display, but there has been talk of microLEDs being used in the headset’s next-gen version.

TechCrunch has learned that Apple will add LuxVue to its “hardware innovations area,” which could very well mean wearables. There’s also potential for the tech to be applied to future iPhone and iPad models as well.

Parts for the iWatch have already started being produced in the supply chain, according to sources overseas. The device is expected to ship this fall, and rumors surrounding Healthbook in iOS 8 suggest that it will have a focus on health and fitness.

  • Andy Brooks

    They are designing a new keyboard for Macs that has 50% fewer keys. They keys will be made of glass and each will contain a mini LED display so the key’s face can change depending on cap size, language, fonts being used, app input, emoticons, you name it! This new keyboard will free up space for a much larger palm rest area allowing the entire plan rest area to be the trackpad and function as a drawing pad for artist.

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