Intelligent Machines

Low-Power Screens

  • October 20, 2009

A San Francisco-based startup is developing low-power displays that are easy to view in bright sunlight. Pixel Qi’s first color displays, which are intended for mobile devices such as e-book readers and netbooks, have already begun mass production. The displays use between a quarter and half the power of conventional LCD screens, giving a typical netbook about an hour of additional battery life. A reflector behind the screen allows the device to take advantage of ambient light, and the display, unlike an LCD screen, refreshes only when necessary. Pixel Qi was cofounded by Mary Lou Jepsen, who was the first CTO of the One Laptop per Child project.

Product: 3Qi
Cost: Not disclosed
Source: www.pixelqi.com
Companies: Pixel Qi

Uh oh–you've read all five of your free articles for this month.

Insider Premium

$179.95/yr US PRICE

More from Intelligent Machines

Artificial intelligence and robots are transforming how we work and live.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.

  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus ad-free web experience, select discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events

    See details+

    What's Included

    Bimonthly home delivery and unlimited 24/7 access to MIT Technology Review’s website.

    The Download. Our daily newsletter of what's important in technology and innovation.

    Access to the Magazine archive. Over 24,000 articles going back to 1899 at your fingertips.

    Special Discounts to select partner offerings

    Discount to MIT Technology Review events

    Ad-free web experience

You've read of free articles this month.