In an announcement that shouldn’t surprise anyone, the One Laptop Per Child folks have announced that they will be licensing Pixel Qi technology and outfitting future XO Laptops with 3qi displays. Pixel Qi was founded by Mary Lou Jepsen, who was one of the folks behind the design of the original XO Laptop.
The Pixel Qi 3qi display is a low power LCD screen that can switch between a full color saturation mode and a high contrast mode which looks almost black and white and which uses about 1/5th the power of the full color mode. In high contrast mode, the display is also easily readable outdoors in direct sunlight.
There’s still no word on when the first commercially available laptops or tablets with 3qi displays will hit th estreets.