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Blinded By The Light: Why Wearables Are Outperforming Tablets and Laptops Outdoors

As smartwatches begin to use outdoor-friendly displays, owners of other devices are still stuck squinting.

As summer wanes, many parts of the country will be still balmy enough to enjoy any number of outdoor leisure activities. But if you plan to enjoy some fresh air as you toil away on your laptop, you’ll likely be seeking the shade. This is because most LCDs—the displays on virtually all laptops and many tablets and smartphones—are notoriously prone to being washed out by the sun. Companies routinely make trade-offs between display size, brightness, and resolution, so it’s bizarre that nobody has solved this problem. But with wearables, the tide may be starting to turn.

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