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Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video) 82

Posted by Roblimo
from the tablet-screens-that-won't-make-you-squint-in-sunlight dept.
While at CES, Timothy Lord talked with Pixel Qi Chief Operating Officer John Ryan about how the company, which was originally founded to make screens for the One Laptop Per Child project, is now moving into the commercial market for laptop and tablet screens. Pixel Qi screens are not only inexpensive to make, but are easier to read in sunlight than standard LCDs -- and use less power, too. What they're doing now, says Timothy in the video, is "pretty cool," so check it out.

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Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video)

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  • by msobkow (48369) on Monday January 16, 2012 @04:25PM (#38717192) Homepage Journal

    The "Alan Kay" Dynabook I keep talking about doesn't really need colour for it's most important function -- replacing a notepad. If the Pixel Qi screens have a high resolution stylus/touch capability, they might be ideal for such a device.

    i.e. The Dynabook was conceived to be a useful, utilitarian device, not a video or game playing machine.

  • Mediocre Color (Score:5, Interesting)

    by pavon (30274) on Monday January 16, 2012 @05:04PM (#38717742)

    These displays sound great - lower power, better color, sunlight viewability... but the British stiff they interviewed said that they haven't been able to get them into mainstream portable devices. Why? What are the drawbacks?

    They don't have better color than a standard LCD or AMOLED. The original PixelQi displays have significantly worse saturation. In my mind this makes well suited for devices such as eBook readers whose primary use is reflective greyscale mode, but can also display color as well. Marketing departments however think that anything with a color display will automatically be compared to the iPad, and they are probably right.

  • by JonySuede (1908576) on Monday January 16, 2012 @05:19PM (#38717938) Journal [] from qualcomm is just one example

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