“When I first heard about the LCD used in the OLPC project, I was equally intrigued and sceptical. The claimed specifications put it, on paper, well into the league of the best panels available and, if manufactured using conventional technology, would present a major step forward in LCDs, which you would expect to carry a significant price premium.”
OLPC Screen Is Clever, But Very Odd
2006-09-13 Hardware 8 Comments
See http://www.pentile.com/technology.htm for an explanation of how it works. It seems plausible that they can get higher appearent resolution using this technique.
There is some additonal information on these techniques in the IEEE Spectrum article at http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/aug06/4269 In particular check out the link “Easy on the Eyes” in that article.
Edited 2006-09-13 21:53
Given software support for this subpixel layout (and that of the pentile), I can see a lot of potential for this, even in the general market. Subpixel font rendering has started to take off… sure Cleartype default sucked on XP, but with the optimiser gadget and on Linux or OS X it’s pretty nifty. If this could be applied to the entire visible display area then great. The more research the better.
I belive the sensors in cameras already use layouts besides the standard RGB stripes anyway.
The display of fonts is horrible on the eyes to say the least. It looks fine for pictures, true, but kids are supposed to be learning on these things which should mean reading alot of text.