It's been some time since I last had the chance to talk about a new product with a Pixel Qi screen, so I was very pleased when an email from Chris Swanner of Sol Computer arrived this afternoon. Feast your eyes on this beauty:
I will likely nver get my hands on one, but based on the product listing and the video I must say that the production value is a little low; there's no case shown. In fact all the images I have seen show what looks like a simple mount that was sticky glued to the back of the screen panel. But who cares; it works outside:
The retail price is not listed, but I checked and one of these babies will set you back $800.
No, that's not a mistake. It really is that expensive, especially when compared to USB LCD monitors. You can pick up one of those on Amazon for under $100. Heck you can even get a ViewSonic 22" Android tablet/SmartDisplay for half the price of the 10" Pixel Qi monitor above.
So why would anyone get this? Simple: because it works in direct sunlight.
Sure, there are a lot of tablets that work out side but few work well and even fewer work well in direct sunlight or brightly lit conditions. Pixel Qi is about your only option for long-term outside computing.
Sol Computer currently offers a number of different options, including tablets, a rugged netbook, and the 10" USB monitor. The netbook runs Windows, and the tablets are offered in Windows and Android. Price range from "you don't want to know" to "you really don't want to know".