Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen has been reading a handful of tech blogs including Engadget and MobileRead to see what people are saying about those sexy new 3qi displays she’s been showing off for the last few days. And in an interview with TechVideoBlog, Jepsen answered some of the questions left by commenters on those blogs.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- The 3qi screen will not cost $200 to produce, as Time Magazine recently indicated. Rather, Jepsen expects that PC makers will be able to sell netbooks with 3qi displays in them for a total of about $200. This is largely because the screens are based on existing LCD technology and despite the fact that there are 20 new patents pending for the technology, LCD makers should be able to manufacture these screens without changing their equipment at all.
- While the goal is to move into mass production this fall and partner with PC makers to include these screens in netbooks and other devices, Jepsen says if it’s possible she would like to find a way to make some screens available to the DIY community for hackers who want to install the screens into existing devices.
- Even when you’re using the reflective black and white mode to read the screen outdoors, the display can handle full motion video, and you can see a hint of color.
- The only change most computer makers would have to make to use a Pixel Qi display instead of another LCD is to enable the backlight to be shut all the way off, and not simply faded down to a low setting.
Pixel Qi expects the screens to go into mass production this fall. You can check out the full video from TechVideoBlog after the break.