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Old 20th Jan 2011, 13:58   #1
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Samsung Buys Electrowetting Specialist Liquavista

Samsung's purchase of electrowetting specialist Liquavista could result in sunlight-readable displays.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...s-liquavista/1
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Old 20th Jan 2011, 14:40   #2
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If Samsung can commercialise them quickly enough then this should make for some very interesting products. From what I've read they're aiming for 8"+ products initially which might well give Samsung a boost in its tablet portfolio.

The problem it has is that it's already set the bar quite high with the Super-Duper-Extra AMOLED screens they've been using in their smartphones to the extent that people might expect to see that quality of colour levels in any new products, which I don't think Liquavista is capable of delivering yet. I'd also be interested to know if the screens have any backlighting capabilities at all? Obviously e-paper and e-ink screens owe their outdoors readability and low power consumption to not having to burden themselves with a backlight, but need an external light source to be read in the dark. If this is the same case with Liqauvista's displays then I'd imagine Samsung would decide to use them for a specific category of tablets and not by default in all their products for now.
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Old 20th Jan 2011, 14:50   #3
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Half the problem with using displays anywhere there is direct light is that they all seem to insist on glossy screens. Why?!
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Because they look nice in the promotional material? I agree with you though; I guess you've always got the option of a matte screen protector if you want though.
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removing the glossy screen would fix a lot of issues, i have only had an issue with LCD screens that are glossy in sunlight

only Sony viao laptops seem to be usable in sunlight due to the super bright backlight that you can turn it up to(depends on model)
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Electrowetting...sounds sick, like a form of torture.
Have you ever electrowettted yourself?

I bet Big Mike's into Elektrowetting, he is...
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Electrowetting...*titters*
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"...operate in transmissive, reflective, transreflective and even transparent modes..."

Transparent mode... can everyone spell heads up display? Good.
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"...operate in transmissive, reflective, transreflective and even transparent modes..."

Transparent mode... can everyone spell heads up display? Good.
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electrowetting sounds like a sweet name for a band "electrowet" or electrosweat hmm....
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