The world’s first ‘blue-light-free computer’ is here: Daylight DC-1

By Naila Syifa
Updated May 2024

Daylight DC-1

Daylight is accepting pre-orders for its groundbreaking tablet computer that claims to be blue-light-free.

Blue light emitted by electronic devices has been known to have several adverse effects on health, from disrupting the body's natural sleep-wake cycle to causing eye strain and potentially contributing to retinal damage.

Using blue light filter apps or wearing blue light-blocking glasses can help, but what if there is now a device designed from the ground up to eliminate blue light emissions entirely?

Key Takeaways

Featuring an innovative Live Paper Display with blue-light-free Pure Amber Backlight and flicker-free DC Dimming, the Daylight DC-1 is gentle on the eyes, but still offers 1600 x 1200 resolution and 60fps refresh rate for smooth and fluid visuals. A combination of MediaTek Helio G99 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage also make it a capable tablet for everyday tasks and light productivity, despite its custom Android 13-based Sol:OS interface that prioritizes minimalism and distraction-free experience.

"We refuse to accept a future where our devices are exhausting, addictive, and distracting" - Daylight

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Healthier, Human-Friendly Tablet Computer

✓ Blue-Light-Free Live Paper Display
✓ 60fps Smooth Interactions
✓ Minimalistic Android 13 Sol:OS
✓ 2.2 GHz Processor

#1 Paper-like Display

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Using a specialized reflective display technology known as Live Paper, Daylight DC-1 doesn't emit blue light. Instead, it uses the sun or ambient light to illuminate the screen, similar to how e-ink displays like Kindle work.

Live Paper and e-ink displays both mimic the look and feel of physical paper, providing an eye-friendly, glare-free viewing experience. However, e-ink displays have slow refresh rates, making them ideal only for static content like e-books.

Live Paper, on the other hand, runs fast at 60fps, which is the standard for modern computer monitors. It also boasts a high resolution of 1600 x 1200 for a crisp and detailed visual. These advantages make the Daylight DC-1 suitable for a wide range of applications for study, work, and hobbies, including watching videos and using interactive apps.

#2 Optional Backlight

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1 relies on sunlight or ambient light to illuminate the screen, but what if there is not enough light available? What if we want to use the device at night or in the dark? This is where the optional backlight comes in.

Daylight DC-1 features an optional Pure Amber Backlight, which the company claims to emit 0% blue light, providing eye-friendly illumination without potential eye strain.

The backlight also uses a special direct current (DC) dimming technology, ensuring it's completely flicker-free, unlike the pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming commonly used in most devices, which can cause discomfort, eye strain, and headaches for some users.

#3 Minimalist Interface with Sol:OS

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Not only is the Daylight DC-1 designed to eliminate blue light emissions, but it is also designed to eliminate distraction and fight screen addiction. This is why the company integrated Sol:OS, a minimalist, distraction-free operating system designed to enhance focus and productivity.

Sol:OS is a custom Android 13-based operating system that prioritizes simplicity and minimalism. It features a clean, intuitive interface that disables notifications by default, allowing users to stay focused on their tasks without constant interruptions.

Despite its distinctive focus, Sol:OS remains fully compatible with all Android apps on the Play Store, including popular productivity and entertainment apps like Google Docs, Notion, Spotify, Audible, Kindle, ChatGPT, iA writer, and more. This provides the best of both worlds - a distraction-free experience with access to a wide range of apps and tools we're already familiar with.

#4 Stylus Pen Included

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1 comes with a Wacom EMR passive stylus, which allows users to write, draw, and take notes on the device's screen with natural precision and responsiveness. The stylus has a button for convenient control and removable tips for easy replacement. It also doesn't require charging or batteries to function.

Using the stylus, writing feels just like it does on real paper, especially since the display features a matte finish and textured surface, delivering a tactile sensation similar to writing on paper.

#5 Sufficient Performance

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Despite its focus on eye health and minimalism, the Daylight DC-1 is not an underpowered device. It may not match other flagship high-end tablets, but with a mid-range MediaTek Helio G99 processor, the tablet packs an octa-core CPU clocking up to 2.2GHz. Combined with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, the Daylight DC-1 delivers sufficient performance for a wide range of everyday tasks and applications.

#6 Availability and Pricing

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1 is available for pre-order at US$729. It is currently sold in batches, with the first three batches already sold out. The fourth batch, set to ship in November 2024, has limited spots available. Secure your spot from the Daylight website now if you want to get your hands on this innovative blue-light-free tablet computer.

If you're still contemplating, the company also offers a refundable $100 deposit option to secure a unit from a later manufacturing batch, which anticipates shipments in the first quarter of 2025.

The world’s first ‘blue-light-free computer’ is here: Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Daylight DC-1

Healthier, Human-Friendly Tablet Computer

✓ Blue-Light-Free Live Paper Display
✓ 60fps Smooth Interactions
✓ Minimalistic Android 13 Sol:OS
✓ 2.2 GHz Processor

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