I like to use my laptop outdoors, but it's often so bright outside that I can barely see my screen - even with the brightness turned all the way up. I've often wondered: What if opened a LCD screen and removed the back-light and anything totally opaque. I could add a light diffusing film if necessary to smooth things out. Then I could sit outside, with some bright scenery in my foreground. This would filter through the back of my screen in lieu of the digital back-light. There wouldn't be a need to auto-adjust the brightness either since if a cloud covered the sun, the screen would receive proportionally less light from behind. It would probably save battery power too, if I did it to a laptop.
Has anyone thought of doing this before? It seems like it wouldn't be that difficult. I'm not about to ruin my laptop by tearing it apart, but maybe I'll tear apart a secondary monitor that I could plug into with VGA or HDMI. I'd love to hear from someone who's tried this. :)