Friday, December 26, 2008

This in from Gadget Lab:

LG Sunlight-Powered LCDs Bring Sunshine To Notebook Users

Lg_dispplay_sunlight_illuminated_lc LG's latest green displays could offer consumers the two things they want out of their notebooks--lower power consumption and higher battery life--while working outdoors.

The company announced a 14.1-inch LCD panel that can switch to being illuminated by sunlight instead of the backlight unit when used outdoors.

The switching allows the display’s outdoor energy consumption to fall to one fourth the level of indoors consumption boosting battery life. Backlight units in conventional notebooks can account for about 75 percent of the total energy consumption used in LCD panels, says the company.

The new displays will solve the problem that most users face around visibility and clarity of their notebook screen in bright sunlight. LG says its offers contrast ratio of at least 9:1 when used outdoors, compared to 2:1 or 3:1 for most displays used currently in notebook PCs.

The LCD panels will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next month where LG is likely offer more details on price and availability.

Does this mean AAC devices that can be seen outdoors might FINALLY be on the horizon?

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