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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise. Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android "smartpad" is based on an unnanounced NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and - perhaps most interestingly - is the first confirmed device to use the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink are saving the live hardware shots for CES - hence the renders - but they did send us some photos of the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi panel in action, which you can see after the cut along with the full specifications.

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“Specialized tablets” with multitouch first to use Pixel Qi displays

“Specialized tablets” with multitouch first to use Pixel Qi displays

Pixel Qi have announced that their first batch of production displays will be ready shortly, and confirmed that the first recipients for the panels will be "specialized tablet devices with multi-touch".  Project lead Mary Lou Jepsen does not reveal the identity of the manufacturer using the Pixel Qi screens - which work as color LCDs in regular lighting, but can be read as easily as e-ink panels in direct sunlight - but did say that the company's customers will be at CES with her company.

Pixel Qi developing sub-10W $100 HDTV

Pixel Qi developing sub-10W $100 HDTV

Pixel Qi have announced that not only are they beginning mass production of their innovative display technology this coming December, but that they've a new product category in their sights.  The company has apparently begun to design a new HDTV with power consumption so low that it can be run from a solar panel, hand-crank or simply a small rechargeable battery.  Pixel Qi's target price for the ultra-frugal set is just $100.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

After Palm's big moment last weekend, Apple once again seized the headlines with their WWDC 2009 keynote on Monday morning.  We showed up to liveblog the whole announcement, expecting a new smartphone, and the company delivered in the shape of the iPhone 3G S - twice the speed, twice the storage, and the same styling as the iPhone 3G - together with a launch date for iPhone OS 3.0.  However, Apple weren't content with just that: they also brought along a new MacBook Pro range complete with integrated batteries; check out our video unboxing and first-impressions.

Pixel Qi 3Qi vs Amazon Kindle; Mary Lou Jepson Q&A [Video]

Pixel Qi 3Qi vs Amazon Kindle; Mary Lou Jepson Q&A [Video]

Pixel Qi's recent demonstrations of their clever 3Qi LCD display have prompted multiple questions from would-be users keen to stretch more battery life out of their notebooks and netbooks, and the company's CTO (and 3Qi creator) Mary Lou Jepsen has stepped up to answer them.  Among the most anticipated questions, Jepsen addresses price: according to her, the rumored $200 tag is not for the display itself but an estimated cost for an entire netbook using the indoor/outdoor 3Qi screen.

Video Q&A and 3Qi vs Kindle demo after the cut

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Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi demo 3Qi indoor/outdoor/e-ink netbook display

Pixel Qi have finally demonstrated their clever 3Qi screen, which mixes together indoor and outdoor readability together with an e-paper mode.  The same panel is used in both halves of this picture: on the left, it's set to full color saturation with its backlight on, while on the right the backlight is off and the panel is in e-paper mode.  The latter will be incredibly power-frugal, as e-paper only draws power when changing the display, not to maintain an image.

After the cut, outdoor readability demonstrated

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Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi is working on a new display that includes three different functions into one convenient product. It would feature color and black-and-white modes like the XO-1, but also have an e-paper mode for an easier-on-the-eyes experience.

According to the company's chief, Mary Lou Jepsen, the new screens would eventually have touchscreen features. The goal here is to make a screen that can be read under full daylight, use the least amount of power possible and do more than just show images.

There's a real desire to add touch functionality. While Pixel Qi displays have been used primarily in OLPC notebooks so far, they can now also be used in products for other companies, though who they are is not yet known.

[via Electronista]

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