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Pixel Qi conjuring up black magic technology for 40-hour laptops 29 November 2008 at 3:40 pm by

Sure, you can go out and get yourself a laptop right now that’ll go 12.5-hours strong, but what if your portable computer could nearly outlast your Aigo A215? While L’s mythical quad core lappie came close in theory, Mary Lou Jepsen’s (the former CTO at OLPC) startup is hoping to eventually create a machine that can last between 20 and 40-hours between charges. Pixel Qi is being pretty closelipped right now (and understandably so) about what exactly it has going on, but we get the idea the secret sauce is in a highly efficient display that will require far less power than traditional LCDs. The best part? We could see one of these longevous notebooks in the pipeline as early as 2H 2009, so we’d probably start stocking up on Red Bull right about now.

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Pixel Qi conjuring up black magic technology for 40-hour laptops originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Nov 2008 15:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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South Korean scientists claim development of "true blue" for OLED displays By 24 November 2008 at 3:52 am and have No Comments

It’s no secret that OLED gurus have had the toughest time improving the life of blue luminance to match the lifespans of its red and green counterparts, but a team of South Korean scientists have purportedly stumbled upon (or developed, as it were) a breakthrough “true blue” material that can “accelerate the development of next-generation organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.” Up until now, scientists have been able to create highly efficient green and red OLED materials, but the inability to make a true blue OLED material was really holding things back. So, now that this little hurdle has been hopped, how’s about we get some big screen OLED HDTVs out to the people?

[Via OLED-Info, image courtesy of Universal Display]

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South Korean scientists claim development of “true blue” for OLED displays originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 03:52:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GE developing smart appliances: the future just got a bit less interesting By 30 October 2008 at 7:31 pm and have No Comments

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You know, the future used to be so much cooler before we gave up on our dreams of flying cars. Now instead of powering jet engines, it looks like our automobiles will power household appliances, and household appliances will use technologies like GE’s SmartMeter to communicate with the local power grid. This could lead to such sexy contrivances as refrigerators that wait until off-peak hours to run the automatic defrost cycle, and (in coordination with tiered pricing for electricity and some new energy storage options) a bit of relief from the old fossil fuels. Maybe this is not exactly the stuff of William Gibson novels, but to hear more about “Energy Management Enabled Appliances” go ahead and hit that read link.

GE developing smart appliances: the future just got a bit less interesting originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Oct 2008 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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