Same-day update: According to Charbax in Comments, Pixel Qi was acquired by Google:
Google bought Pixel Qi, hopefully billions of Google dollars are to be used to mass produce it. I expect Google hired other Pixel Qi engineers at Google, not only Mary Lou Jepsen and that part of what they are doing at Google is to prepare Pixel Qi technology for mass production for Android and Chromebook. It’s exactly what Pixel Qi needed to make a difference, Google money.
I think Charbax would know. He’s always been the one to get the best videos with Pixel Qi and Mary Lou Jepsen.
Second same-day update: Google did not buy Pixel Qi. According to Brad Linder in Comments, Tripuso now owns Pixel Qi’s intellectual property — and Pixel Qi itself is dead.
Currently nobody knows the exact status of Pixel QI. The executive team all fled, the main phone number for their headquarters in California is out of service, as is their satellite office in Texas. None of the email address I have gained over the the last five years are working anymore. This includes their entire executive team, IT department and press office. It was a fun ride Pixel QI, you will be missed.
When eBook devices were still the Next Next Thing, Pixel Qi’s solution offered a way to save battery life by letting people have color when they needed it and low-power monochrome when only text was involved. And monochrome mode was very sunlight-friendly (color eventually was too, but not very vibrant).
It simply went nowhere.
I’m convinced Apple killed them. The iPad’s screen was gorgeous and people put up with it being problematic in sunlight. The colors popped like nothing else out there and battery life got better. There was no longer any room for Pixel Qi.
Even “pity tablets” wouldn’t have it, preferring to go with rotten TN screens because, you know, color! Color all the time.
And without Pixel Qi ever being in mass production, it couldn’t create screens cheap enough to compete even against rotten TN ones.
Once founder Mary Lou Jepsen bolted for Google, it was only a matter of time for the end. Her enthusiasm alone kept people interested in Pixel Qi. Without her, there was no one to woo the tech press.
The question now is whether or not Amazon will continue with research into the Liquavista process. With Pixel Qi dead, there’s no competition. And Amazon has its own line-up of “iPad” — the Kindle Fire tablets.
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