Pixel Qi preps efficient Retina Display-like tech
Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen has revealed that her company is working on a super-dense version of its signature display. The panel would have the same 2048x1536 resolution as the new iPad, but at much lower power than Apple's technology. Even in a bright office, the new panel at about 10 inches in size uses two watts, versus five for the iPad in the same lighting and nearly eight when it's outdoors.
Basic hardware for widespread adoption
Marvell brought its XO 3.0 tablet—the brainchild of One Laptop Per Child—to Las Vegas ahead of CES, where Electronista took the opportunity to finally handle the education-focused device. Although the tablet shares many hardware features with Android-based offerings, the physical build and OLPC's own Linux-based Sugar OS offer a much different experience.
Pixel Qi, Shizhu working on four tablets
At the currently ongoing Gitex show in Dubai, Pixel Qi, maker of low-power, outdoor readable electronic displays, unveiled a partnership with China's Shanghai Shizhu Technology. The terms call for a four-tablet contract to be sold in China and acting as e-book readers. The tablets should be revealed at the show.
Transflective LCDs much more visible outdoors
3M's New Ventures organization has invested in Pixel Qi Corp., a developer of next generation LCD panels. Pixel Qi's unique screens can generate either e-paper output or high-intensity images for much better outdoor visibility than other contemporary LCDs. Mary Lou Jepsen, co-founder and CEO of Pixel Qi, said the funding would accelerate the company's product into the mass consumer market. She also said the company would continue to pursue mobile device manufacturers and digital signage applications.
OLPC XO-3 due early next year for under $100
One Laptop Per Child's delayed XO-3 tablet for children in developing countries will get rubber covers that will not only protect the device but may also have solar chargers, satellite Internet or external keyboard connections. OLPC founder and chairman Nicholas Negroponte during an interview with PCWorld revealed that he hoped to draw more interest through the features, which are targeted at countries where power and reliable Internet access are harder to find. The device, originally announced in late 2009 and due to arrive on the market early in 2012, will be priced at under $100.
Pixel Qi intros 7in and 10in tablet screens
Pixel Qi used the opportunity of Computex to unveil a pair of new sizes of its outdoor-friendly screens optimized for tablets with the hint of a third. Its flagship, a new 10-inch, 1280x800 display, is both sharper than before and also thinner at 3mm (0.112in), making it ideal for newer designs. The screen was put up against an iPad by company CEO Mary Lou Jepsen in a video demo (below) and could still be clearly seen outside where the iPad's regular LCD was nearly invisible.
New display raises price up to $795
Clover Systems has introduced a new netbook, the SunBook, featuring a 1024x600 Pixel Qi display that can be viewed in direct sunlight. In bright ambient lighting without the backlight activated, the Pixel Qi display takes on an appearance similar to that of e-book readers with grayscale electronic-paper displays. When the backlight is used under dim lighting or dark environments, users can then view content in full color.
Customer support also apparently lacking
Several Notion Ink Adam tablet early adopters are venting their frustration about issues with their tablets and Notion Ink customer support on the Notionaddicts forum. @Rambler358 has complained about the build quality of his device, as well as the screen quality of the vaunted Pixel Qi display and the apparent lack of support received from Notion Ink.
Notion Ink Adam pre-orders, prices revealed
Notion Ink as hinted has outlined a pre-order program starting today. Existing commenters and the wider public will have the options of pre-ordering at 1:30PM and 7:30PM Eastern respectively. Company CEO Rohan Shravan hasn't said when it ships, but it may slip to early 2011 as it's still in FCC testing.
Notion Ink Adam tablet pre-orders start tomorrow?
Notion Ink will begin offering pre-orders of its Adam tablet starting tomorrow, December 9 and therefore may indeed begin shipping in time for its promised Christmas release, a source said today. All six versions of the Adam for different markets will be offered and a firmware update to Android 2.3 is said to be coming just weeks after the Adam's launch. The pre-orders will first be limited to users who have registered and made comments on the company's blog, SlashGear heard, and then open up to a wider audience.
Notion InK Adam on track for Christmas in US
Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan updated again today with word that the Adam tablet could ship to buyers before Christmas. FCC testing was still on track and already had basics like the power charger approved. If it didn't make December, the Adam would still likely arrive within the first few days of January, either just after New Year's or by CES.
Notion Ink Adam gets Eden UI reveal
Notion Ink this weekend explained some of the first details behind the custom interface for its Adam tablet. The 10-inch Android tablet will build on Google's formula with Eden, a multitasking system based around panels: each app will run in a panel with a home area to pick which panels are running. A multitasking mode will allow three apps to show at once, making it possible to run non-optimized apps without wasting space.
E-readers and tablets inbound from partners
Pixel Qi have issued a status update stating that they are currently ready a seven-inch screen for tablets and e-readers set for mass production in the first half of 2011. Blaming tight supply, 100 per cent factory usage, and the "disruptive" effect of the iPad, the company stated that the situation has "eased" and that they in a position to ramp up production of their new displays.
Innoversal shows tablet with Pixel Qi screen
At Computex, a company called Innoversal is showing off a 10.1-inch Windows tablet with a Pixel Qi 3qi display. Called Lattice, the tablet has a resolution of 1024x600 and is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom CPU. The screen's nature allows users to turn off the backlight, so the device functions nearly like an e-paper display device, extending the six-cell battery life.
OLPC partners with Pixel Qi on XO displays
The One Laptop per Child Foundation (OLPC) on Tuesday announced that it has partnered with Pixel Qi to deliver notebooks meant for children with the latter's low-power displays. The permanent and royalty-free cross-licensing agreement will grant the OLPC Pixel Qi's 3qi screen technology including more than 70 patents. Pixel Qi, in return, will get a full license to the dual-mode indoor and outdoor display technology used in the XO notebook.
Pixel Qi to sell DIY screens beofre spring's end
Pixel Qi said over the weekend that its unique 3qi displays will be available as stand-alones, for users to install on their own into any devices they see fit, by the end of spring. An official announcement will be made before the displays actually ship, and no prices or sizes of the screens have been announced.
Pixel Qi 3qi to go beyond Notion Ink tablet
Pixel Qi chief Mary-Lou Jepsen in a brief session has revealed that the company's 3qi displays will find their way into other devices soon. While officially lined up only for the Notion Ink Adam tablet so far, the unique three-in-one display now has "several more" customers since January. These can't be named as the partners have to decide when to go public/
Adam tablet prototype to outlast iPad, get Flash
Initial impressions of a prototype Adam tablet from Notion Ink, first announced late last year, show that the device has some significant advantages over competitors such as the iPad. Powered by the new NVIDIA Tegra chipset and using a low-power display from Pixel Qi, the pre-production Adam is said to last at least two to three times longer than the 10-hour battery life for the iPad when browsing the web using Wi-Fi or watching video, according to Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan.
Device described as a 'smartpad'
Notion Ink has announced additional details regarding its upcoming tablet device, which is now referenced by the monicker Adam, according to The Hindu. The Android-based device features a three-mode Pixel Qi display filled with 1024x600 pixels and spanning 10.1 inches. The LCD offers the unique ability to run as a standard panel, a low-power trans-reflective display, or a sunlight-readable e-paper mode.
Pixel Qi announces ship date for first displays
As announced late in November, Pixel Qi will manufacture its first production displays for computers, but added that the displays will support multi-touch inputs. The first batch of these screens will be found in tablet devices which will be released during the first quarter of next year. Pixel Qi has not yet announced who it will partner with on these tablet devices, though it is believed the company will do so at or before CES.
Pixel Qi 3qi mass production next month
Pixel Qi has quietly revealed that it plans to mass-produce its unique 3qi displays in December as well as early plans for a TV. The screens will just miss their original target of the fall but promise a major breakthrough in displays for netbooks and other small computers as it can operate both like a full color LCD but behave like e-paper either to save energy or to become readable in bright daylight, albeit in grayscale.
Pixel Qi Demos 3 in 1 LCD
Pixel Qi late yesterday demonstrated its unique 3-in-1 hybrid display, known as the 3qi. The technology works as a traditional, backlit LCD but can switch its backlight off and convert to an e-paper mode. Besides saving battery life, the switch renders the display more readable in bright light. A third mode keeps the display in LCD mode but puts in monochrome to save energy.
Pixel Qi Hybrid Display
Indirect OLPC offshoot Pixel Qi is developing a new display that would fulfill three different roles at once, the company's chief Mary Lou Jepsen said today. The panel is characterized for CNET as more advanced than that on the XO-1, which can only switch between an efficient black-and-white mode and a color screen. The new model would have these two features but could also assume an e-paper mode suitable for reading. It's not clear whether this would let images remain on the display when power is shut off, as with most e-book readers.
Pixel Qi Ships LCDs
Pixel Qi on Friday said it's closer to shipping LCD displays that should significantly extend the battery life of notebooks. The technology reduces the dependence on a backlight and instead draws on nearby light from both human-made and natural sources to create the illumination itself, potentially extending a portable's run time by letting the backlight stay off in a brightly-lit environment. Pixel Qi estimates that a notebook with three hours of battery life today would get about 4.5 hours on one of its displays, or about a 50 percent boost, without compromising on display quality.
Pixel Qi 75 Dollar Laptop
A side project of the One Laptop Per Child team plans an even less expensive portable than the XO, according to news from the CES floor. Calling the firm Pixel Qi, Mary Lou Jepsen says her business intends to produce a $75 portable that will borrow key aspects of the XO's design while reducing costs. The system is still in the very early stages but will rely heavily on the unique technology of the XO's LCD (created by Jepsen) that allows it to be read even in broad daylight. Other parts of the system that can be drawn from the OLPC group will be purchased at cost and while others will be sold in the opposite direction, Pixel Qi says.