The days of laptop users being forced indoors on sunny days because they can't read their screens in bright light may soon be coming to an end. Trivium Technologies has announced its development of a flexible, polymer thin film that will improve the quality of LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. According to the company, the Trivium Diodic Lens - the first passive film technology of its kind - is a film placed behind the LCD, which allows 100 per cent of backlight to be transmitted and remains 85 per cent reflective. This allows for a clear, readable screen under bright outdoor lighting. The film also optimizes ambient light - which accounts for 90 per cent of available light - so less power consumption is needed in low light or nighttime conditions. The lens will "increase battery life by 200 per cent," said Timothy Wojciechowski, CEO of Trivium, adding that "the display uses 60 per cent of the battery." Currently, LCD screens are limited by the amount of reflected light, transmitted light or both that can simultaneously be used to create an image. Besides saving power, the new technology will ease user eyestrain. Costs to the consumer for the new technology will be minimal, amounting to less than five per cent of the cost of an LCD screen. Trivium expects the lens to be used across LCD markets, including handheld devices such as PDAs, cellular phones and car navigation systems. Commercial production is expected to begin next year, according to Wojciechowski, and the company is currently negotiating with laptop and handheld device manufacturers to license the technology.