NEC has presented new LCD displays that feature better readability in bright sunlight:
The Japanese company claims its "super-transmissive natural light TFT" technology can still show vivid colours even in "environments with high ambient light". Ideal for working in the garden during summer - well, maybe not a British summer - we reckon.
Alas not just yet. NEC launched its first STNL panel in April 2005, and the four models its bringing to market this month and next range in size from 10.4in to 15in, so they're not quite ready for widescreen notebooks just yet. The panels' resolutions are 640 x 480 and 1024 x 768, both rather less than laptop users have grown accustomed to.
More info The Reg Hardware. Unfortunately the displays are more aimed at kiosks instead of laptops.