Dell debuts 'world's first' electronic privacy filter for laptops
No more plastic tape-on screens
Dell has introduced what it claims is the world's first fully electronic screen filter - digital version of the clip-on sheets offered by the likes of 3M to shield screens from prying eyes.
Implemented in software and hardware, the electronic filter effectively reduces the viewing angle of the display, ensuring, Dell claimed, that people sitting next to you and glancing across will see nothing but a pattern of black and white bars and Dell logos.
Dell was coy on the details, but the technology requires an extra-light backlight, one of which is white and used to "polarise" the on-screen image and impose the reduced viewing angle.
Yet the user only registers a "minimal" reduction in screen brightness, the PC giant said. Alas, Dell didn't have any E6400s fitted with the new technology at its big launch in Monaco today, so we can't show you it in action.
Dell calls the technology "one-touch privacy" - it's activated through a single key press.
Curiously, it's only available on one machine, the Latitude E6400, as an optional £88/€110 extra, though it can be specified on these laptops bought today.
Dell spends more on marketing than R&D
Mmm, yet another triumph of marketing hype over truth.
Difficult to understand how Dell, with their recently announced R&D cuts, down from an already miserable 0.8% (vs HP's 3.5% and Toshiba's 6%) managed such innovation.
The truth is, they didn't. I remember a Tosh Tecra M3 having such a device 3 yrs ago. That notebook has been superseded, I guess, so not sure of current status, but think Dell's claim of being first to market should require a huge suspension of disbelief to make that one palatable!
Is it April already?
Other than messing with the luminance and contrast how else can they change the behaviour of a display. And if it is all implemented in software why doesn't it work on any screen.
Stinks of fish to me.
Porn on the plane
I guess this solves the problem for the neighbouring seat guy wants to see a little more of Paris.