Back in 2010, a company called Pixel Qi seemed to have neared perfection with its transforming display. In a flash, it could bounce between a glare-free black and white readable screen and a vibrant LCD offering. Two years later, and we're still waiting to see a major product actually use it.
In a rather surprising post on her blog, Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen claims the company's next-generation transflective LCD technology will not only match the new iPad's display in terms of resolution, but will also match and exceed its contrast, color saturation and even viewing angle. Them's fightin' words.
Pixel Qi's Transflective LCD technology has been blowing minds since late 2009 but has yet to gain much traction in the market—beyond the Notion Ink Adam, that is. But that may change with its latest round of funding, provided largely by 3M.
We already know that in a head-to-head in broad daylight the Pixel Qi display is heaps brighter than the iPad—but as the amazing Notion Ink tablet is still delayed you've got to DIY if you want that display.
As the tablet market gets even more crowded and competitive (read: Did you see Computex this year?), any delay could effectively end a company's chance at making that all-important first impression. Notion Ink Adam was just delayed until November. Updated.
This is hardly a scientific test. But when an iPad screen and a Pixel Qi faced off head to head recently at Computex in broad daylight, there was one very clear winner. And one very murky "magical" device.
Everybody's talking about tablets, especially those single-pane capacitive touchscreen ones more specifically known as "slates." The iPad is the biggest newsmaker, but there are lots headed our way (most with built-in webcams). Here's how they measure up, spec-wise:
There are too damn many ebook readers and it's tough to figure out what's worth buying and which reader will even survive the market. To make things easy, here's our guide to the readers that matter—for now. Updated.
Housed in a wooden, painted prototype case, the Notion Ink Adam tablet is rough. But with Pixel Qi dual-mode screen tech on one arm and Nvidia's Tegra 2 on the other, it's one of the most exciting devices at CES.
Pixel Qi's magic transforming displays seemed too good to be true: One screen that's both a bright, full color LCD and a reflective, E-Ink quality display for reading in light. It is pretty damn incredible.
The curvaceous, sexy tablet from Notion Ink has some serious gender issues, as the company has named it "Adam." It'll still be the first tablet to use a Pixel Qi screen, Notion Ink's hoping, despite its June release date.
Notion Ink is apparently readying an Android tablet with a Pixel Qi display—the very same that was rumored to be used in the Apple tablet. Just like at it, it's like something from our dreams.
Pixel Qi's ePaper-LCD hybrid screen 10-inch screens will invade the world in 2010. Or at least, some of it and parts of New Jersey. Their CEO says that the first units are going into "specialized multi-touch tablet devices." Hmmmm...
We've gone through it time and time again: One of the most formidable problems e-readers need to overcome is the expensive and primitive issue of e-ink. But Mary Lou Jepsen, of OLPC fame, has a new display that just might make the e-reader a viable, desirable, and even inexpensive gadget.