Look closely at the screen below. Notice anything odd? Yes, it is in black and white. Yes, it is visible in bright sunlight. Yes, it is attached to a laptop. This new screen is a combination of an e-paper display and a color LCD screen. Interesting.
The color LCD screen is for when working indoors and the e-paper display will take over when out in bright sunlight. The concept is good but the key will be the response time is of the e-paper screen. Our guess is it will be fine for working with text and would not expect it to be fast enough to handle video...even if it was it still not be in color, so maybe it doesn't really matter.
Of course, the "real" solution to this "sometime" problem is a fast, vivid,color e-paper display. That will be coming at some point. Until then, Pixel Qi new screen is the only game in town if you need a display which is visible both inside and out. We just don't see the average laptop market all that interested in a dual display screen. Not that it won't be nice, but most folks just don't work outside in the bright sunlight all that often. Of course, there are markets with a greater need for something like this (military, GPS displays, etc...). In any case, Pixel Qi claims they will be shipping the screen later in the year. [Permalink] - Pixel Qi