Pixel Qi‘s fancypants display technology allows the company to create LCD screens that look good either in full color, or black and white modes. In black and white mode, the display looks almost like e-Ink, but doesn’t suffer from the slow screen refresh rate that plagues e-Ink. And in color mode, the display looks pretty much like any other LCD. To make things even better, the high contrast black and white mode makes the screens readable in direct sunlight while consuming about 20% of the power used by the screen in full color mode.
I got a chance to check out the displays in person at CES, and I was pretty impressed. So far, Pixel Qi has only been showing off a 10 inch display called the 3Qi, which the company has been demonstrating in off-the-shelf netbooks and which Notion Ink is using for its Adam Tablet.
But in an interview with E-Ink-Info, Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen says the 10 inch display are just the start. Without giving away too many details, she says that Pixel Qi will be announcing new sizes “in the future.” She also suggests that Pixel Qi has a number of customers that are “pulling us into a variety of new product categories.”
Does that mean we’ll start seeing Pixel Qi displays in tablets, phones, portable media players, or eBook readers? I have no idea. But I’m looking forward to finding out.