So a funny thing happens when you launch a product that’s generated a lot of buzz among a small group of geeky tech enthusiasts… turns out they’re actually willing to spend money to buy that product. Yesterday Pixel Qi announced that the first DIY touchscreen kits with the company’s low power, outdoor readable displays were ready for purchase. Today they’re out of stock.
Maker Shed says that more should be available soon and the store is taking pre-orders. But this is pretty spectacular considering the Pixel Qi display runs $275, or roughly the same price as the 10 inch netbook you’re probably going to put the thing in.
The Pixel Qi display can function as a full color LCD display. But if you turn off the backlight, the screen uses 80% less power in high-contrast (nearly black and white mode). In high contrast mode, the screen is also easy to read in direct sunlight, and it maintains a high screen refresh rate, which means that you can watch video and perform other activities with a Pixel Qi display that would be difficult with an E Ink screen.
The initial batch of screens are 10.1 inches, and are designed to fit in select netbooks including the Samsung N130 and Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2.