Looks like Mary Lou Jepsen has a winner on her hands. One of the innovators behind OLPC has one reason to be happy with her new low-power display venture, Pixel Qi. You see, the first batch of the $275 hybrid displays for DIY netbook screen swaps promptly sold out. Pre-orders for the second shipment of the 10.1-inch transreflective LCDs are currently underway. Could a new breed of e-readers be far behind?
Each year, the holidays spill well into January for tech-obsessed geeks, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In 2010, CES will continue that tradition with some decidedly green flair. Like Japan’s CEATEC this fall, eco-consciousness will be a major theme, from the show’s larger Sustainable Planet technology zone (hopefully with less solar junk this year) to a green press room that’s putting tight restrictions on the amount of paper exhibitors can dump on attendees. What about the green gadgets? There are bound to be plenty, but here are the ones that are sure to pique the interest of eco-minded, tech-savvy consumers.
OLED, already dazzling owners of select mobile devices like the latest Zune, is taking its time on working the same magic in living rooms. LG believes that OLED panel prices will dip below LCD in 2016, spurring broad adoption of the ultra-thin, ultra-efficient display technology. Of course, this assumes that things will start falling into place, a scenario that has yet to materialize. In the meantime, expect LCD panel makers to improve performance, drive energy efficiency, and yes, keep prices on a downward trajectory.