Pixel Qi’s Mary Lou Jepsen has posted the first photos of the company’s new displays which use far less energy than typical LCD screens. The screens offer two different modes, a backlit mode with full color saturation, and an ePaper mode that uses less energy and doesn’t require a backlight. The ePaper mode also makes the display significantly easier to read outdoors in bright sunlight than most computer displays.
The picture above shows a screen that’s been hacked to fit onto an Acer Aspire One laptop in ePaper mode outdoors. After the break, you can check out an image showing two screens. One is in full color mode, while the other shows the ePaper mode in a different light.
Pixel Qi will be demonstrating these screens at several upcoming trade shows. In the not too distant future we may see them appear in low cost ultraportable computers like the OLPC XO Laptop. It remains to be seen whether they’ll find their way into consumer oriented netbooks like the Acer Aspire One and Asus Eee PC, but it’s clearly possible for the screen to work with those computers.