Pixel Qi says their new screens will be “ready next year” after kicking off the development with undisclosed manufacturers. I know what you are all thinking — why should I care?
First, a quick reminder. Pixel Qi is the company that will supply the screens for the next OLPC: they are working on screens that are: cheap, high-resolution and low-powered. Their central belief is that having better screens will make better laptops — and cheaper laptops. The screen is one of the most power-hungry parts in a modern laptop, so a better screen means a lighter, longer-lasting laptop. “Oh,” I know you are thinking now, “I know where he’s going with this.” You are right…
I am thinking of a future where you get the techcrunch web tablet for 50$, it comes with a Google chrome interface, supporting administration right from the browser, it’s 200grams, has a few gig of free space and allows me to read e-books, surf the web and even program (remember when we thought through the web programming was lame in Zope? It’s going to come back…) all from a nice touch screen which will last twenty-four hours under light usage. The Apple freaks will of course buy the iPhone v7 for 100$ (TWICE AS MUCH) and will explain how it is way awesomer, and that’s fine.
How long? Give it 2-3 years.