Pixel Qi isn’t the only company at CES showing low power displays that can easily be read outdoors. While Pixel Qi’s solution allows you to turn on the backlight for a full color LCD experience or turn it off for a low power, high contrast grayscale screen, Qualcomm’s Mirasol solution is a color display that’s viewable in ambient light.
The colors aren’t that bright, and nobody would mistake a Mirasol display for a full color LCD at this point. But the company is working on a front or side-lighting solution that would allow you to use the screens in laptops, tablets, or other devices where you’d want a brighter screen indoors.
For now, Mirasol’s strength is the fact that it lets you view color pictures and text with nothing but ambient lighting, which gives you an E Ink-like experience for eBook readers, but with the added ability to handle full motion video.
The other day a video was released showing what appears to be a PocketBook tablet with a Mirasol display, but while both companies confirmed that they are working with one another, representatives say there’s nothing to announce yet.