A few days after the Maker Shed started selling DIY Pixel Qi display kits, we have one of the first reports from a computer user that actually purchased one. Apparently, installation was pretty simple (if you don’t mind removing some screws in your computer, and the end result is a netbook display that’s perfectly usable outdoors in bright sunlight.

Sure, it pretty much looks like a black and white screen outdoors with the backlight shut off instead of a full color display. But that’s a lot better than looking like a mirror — which is what happens to most netbooks when you carry them outdoors.

You can check out a video after the break.

The Maker Shed is currently sold out of Pixel Qi displays, but is taking pre-orders for the next batch for $275 each.

thanks Meh!

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8 replies on “Pixel Qi display kit in the wild – Video”

  1. I would love to get my hands on one of these. Unfortunately the price is a killer for me. At $275 they cost almost as much as a lot of 10″ netbooks.

  2. I’m wondering if they will offer different resolutions…I’d love a 1366 x 768 display.

  3. Hopefully, someone who bought one of these will do a battery life comparison with and without the backlight. I’d like to see how many minutes or hours one gains by not using the backlight.

  4. Small convertible tablets need this technology. It would be nice to have a truly portable 10″ tablet/reader that you can see outside.

  5. and running ubuntu unity no less. nice.

    to bad it wont fit my aging eee900. Guess its time for a upgrade. Or maybe i’ll wait and see if there will be some company that embraces the new screen in their netbooks, as it seems to be a slip in replacement in their production lines.

    1. They might be making different sizes to them (we shall see as time will tell). A strong early interest, means that more will be built, I expect, for all size displays. Do don’t throw away the EeePC just yet.

      Note that Pixel Qi is also working on HDTV size displays… using less power, and delivering high quality.

      1. i suspect they will focus their efforts on the most common screen sizes for portable devices first, and then branch out as they get the money rolling in. Right now this is the first sale of the product since they started presenting it a year or two ago (iirc).

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