Notion Ink

So where are we?

Posted in 1 by Rohan Shravan on April 3, 2010

Extremely sorry to all those who were waiting patiently. Things really got busy here.

Lot’s of good stories to share, but heck NDAs!

Lot’s of ‘extremely exhaustive’ content coming your way! We want to make Adam a universal device which can give you access to a lot of different kind of content, and that is exactly where we are working right now. Have done few collaborations on the content front which will be beneficial for all. Being a student myself, I am personally working to make the lives of all students pretty easy when it comes to getting educational content on the device and that too, at a competitive price.

iPad will be launched today! Waiting eagerly for one like you all. Have ordered for one to understand did we miss anything? Or is there something we should learn or improve upon? They are genius when it comes to streamlined interactions. “One store to rule them all!”. But then a different app for books? May be more for comics, newspapers, magazines? Let’s see.

We are doing some innovation on email front as well. Business people will love it. It will give you an amazing freedom which we never had.

Wish I could share more on the names of the companies we are working with. There will be announcements soon. We will soon be announcing the Application Competition Soon. Developers of already exiting application will have a lot to earn as well.

We are also into lots of University Collaboration as well. Developing technologies with them, for them, for the open communities, and we are open to lot more to work closely with. “They will be the first ones to get early access to the devices as well.”

So, are the stories of product delays true? To be frank, I can’t say about other companies. But we want to go ahead only with Flash availability. As soon as the stable Flash is there, there will be two months of testing and we will hit the stores. Also to remember here is the marketing strategies of our partners aka Telecom Firms. It depends a lot on them when they want to hit the markets. We have seen different strategies for different players. Some want to give you Adam for Thanksgiving, some for summer holidays, some when you start a new year at your schools. So, it depends.

Again, apologies for those who were waiting for some information on the blog. It is due to “your” support that a 24 something like me can do something this big.

Warm Regards and Love!

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  1. cotuit329 said, on April 3, 2010 at 02:27

    Rohan,

    Thank you for the update. Obviously the iPad is enjoying a media whirlwind here in the U.S. But your passion for the Adam and the work being done at Notion engenders some patience and support. We can wait! And your honesty is very refreshing.

    • rwniel72 said, on April 18, 2010 at 22:43

      Thanks for the update Rohan – I hope we will see the frequency and amount of information increasing as you it gets closer to launch. At the same time, I can understand NDA for those that relate to content or contract model options. I am looking forward excitedly to seeing what you come up with for the UI; as far as the user is concerned, it needs to be invisible as much as possible i.e. it should hide the complexity of Android for any user who doesn’t need to know it’s there (but then if you want to get to it then you can). Have a default ‘simple’ view if necessary with the option to expand what is shown.

      One thing I’d like to mention is that I hope we’ll also see some form of user profile creation and selection on the Notion Ink Adam. Unlike say a mobile phone (be it Android based or something else) which is more of a solo device, a tablet is much more family-centric. I hate to mention the iPad (it’s had enough publicity and hype already!) but this is something I feel Apple seriously dropped the ball on. You need to be able segregate different favourites in the web browser, e-mail and contacts in the e-mail app etc. Perhaps even the ability to filter certain content on a user by user basis as well.

      Plus please do something to make it easy to transfer content over your wireless network rather than it having to be physically tethered. Other than that, I think the Notion Ink Adam looks great. If the price is right I will certainly be buying one.

      Robert

  2. nonie3234 said, on April 3, 2010 at 03:44

    So – Santa Claus will bring me an Adam? Okay, I have patience.

  3. alxxthegeek said, on April 3, 2010 at 04:35

    NDA’s yuck, can be a real pain to try to remember what you can and can’t say.

    Good luck with trying to get flash running well , shudder.

    On the University collaboration , is that just for India or would you be interested in collaborating with universities in other parts of the world ?

    Any education type apps yet ?
    Have you guys tried running sugar on it yet ?

    Or anything for the seniors market (55 -60+) ?
    One market segment a lot of people forget about

    Just don’t let the Telecoms firms control how users can do software upgrades and install apps etc , thats why Apple cleaned up with the iphone, they enabled the user.

    Don’t let them delay the launches to long otherwise you’ll be fighting for sales with larger companies possibly Dell ,Asus and possibly even Google.

    Hopefully we can get our hands on one in June still ?

    Good luck (and stay sane)!!!
    Alex

    p.s Not sure if you are able to answer this ?
    Does tegra2 allow the use of cuda or opencl or just opengl ?

  4. calpo1 said, on April 3, 2010 at 05:33

    Thanks for your honesty! This was what we wanted, an update – you gave us two! I’m certain that I’m not alone in waiting for your product. I see you’ve bought the iPad which makes me very sad (lol)… Good strategy… Ok, now get back to work

  5. localudal said, on April 3, 2010 at 06:22

    thanks for update.
    As for delays from other companies, I might add some of my observations:
    – a recent confirmation of severe nVidia problems with Tegra2 chip mass production, think of Q3, or Q4 as the earliest date for the first batch production;
    – Pixel Qi screens are not manufactured, Pixel Qi patents were traded to OLPC for a chance for Pixel Qi to stay alive just a little bit longer;
    – Android tablet apps are non-existent, as Google didn’t decide whether to put their base major effort on Chrome OS tablet development;
    – US carriers/media publishers do consider many tablet manufacurers’ offerings, yes. The NI was never mentioned among those though.

    • lispler said, on April 3, 2010 at 16:07

      I assume the “rumors about product delays” in the article are exactly referring to the Tegra2 issue. And it appears the problem is not that big for NotionInk. Thats probably the primary purpose of that blog post.

      PixelQi patents were traded not to stay alive but because they have been and want to continue to cooperate with OLPC. And it also appears some tech was designed in the OLPC project that PixelQi is now free to use as well. I have not heard about problems in manufacturing PixelQi screens. To the contrary, PixelQi wrote some months ago that they are doing well despite financial crisis affecting production of other vendors.

      Android apps…I don’t know, I don’t have an Andoid platform running here. But I do know that they basically forked the Linux kernel. So either some company will port the android API to new Linux versions in the future, which can be a huge pain, or Andoid will die very soon. But for consumers its that bad b/c Andoid will continue to run for the platform they bought. You don’t usually care about the OS history and internals of embedded devices.

    • localudal said, on April 7, 2010 at 00:46

      “not that big for NI”??? Do you mean they are ready to flush the whole Tegra 2 platform concept down the toilet and replace it with, say, Ion, Atom, whatever? I don’t think so. Moreover, I would say: no Tegra2 for NI means no Adam, done deal.

      Pixel Qi, 3Qi pateneted technologies are not free to use, never were, and never will now — while OLPC business entity is alive. Please read some basics in US Patent laws. I also never heard of any _fab_ problems in manufacturing Pixel Qi screens, the problem is in completely different dimension: major LCD fabs (all 4 of them) just don’t manufacture them, as they fail to see any sound, workable pre-order. Or payment prospects.

      Yes, I’ve also read about of lack of problems in Pixel Qi as of December 2009, sure. Had some laughs measuring these claims against massive Apple’s pre-orders of LCDs of the same format. Let me remind you that it’s April 2010, and there’s no Pixel Qi as it was in last December anymore. So what PixelQi wrote then and writes now is highly irrelevant to the fact of non-appearance of Pixel Qi screens.

      With Android for tablets, it’s like I said — nobody develops anything for it that is not for the smartphones. Some recent signs and soundings from Google may show us that yes, it will never be, as Google plans Chrome OS as the platform for their tablet prototype. The only road that is open for independent tablet developers is going back to Ubuntu/Linux. Now this requires lots of commitment from nVidia, and it’s exactly here where they experience lots of problems, troubles with their own Tegra2 hardware.

    • lispler said, on April 7, 2010 at 17:09

      > Do you mean they are ready to flush the whole Tegra 2 platform

      All I say is that 2 days after Slashgear writes about Tegra delaying NotionInk and others, I see NotionInk saying they’re right on track. You seem to believe that this is either pure coincidence or that NI is lying. Well, I’m more optimistic there.

      > Pixel Qi, 3Qi pateneted technologies are not free to use, never were,
      > and never will now — while OLPC business entity is alive. Please read some basics in US Patent laws.

      Please read what I say. And maybe read the PixelQi blog post before that, since I do nothing more than to repeat (with a maybe) what is written there.

      > Had some laughs measuring these claims against massive Apple’s
      > pre-orders of LCDs of the same format.

      What does that have to do with the state of PixelQi mass production? I have a feeling that Apple is a larger company and that it is much easier for them to get displays produced by somebody. On the other hand, you still didn’t provide any hint as to why PixelQi might be behind schedule. It appears they have displays available for developers and NotionInk, to my knowledge the only company ever confirmed to use this Display, did not say anything about delivery problems.

      > The only road that is open for independent tablet developers is going back
      > to Ubuntu/Linux. Now this requires lots of commitment from nVidia, and it’s
      > exactly here where they experience lots of problems, troubles with their own
      > Tegra2 hardware.

      Interesting. But I can’t see why would this be such a big problem? The low-level hardware support for Tegra in Android should not be any different from ordinary Linux kernel drivers, so the problem you describe here is nothing more than porting these drivers to upstream Linux kernel. Since Android is still pretty new, the differences should not be large. Even as a non-Kernel-hacker I could probably do this myself on a single afternoon.

      Also, if this were the actual problem then NotionInk would indeed not be affected unless they decide to drop Android. Which is highly unlikely at this time.

    • lispler said, on April 7, 2010 at 17:11

      BTW, the slashgear article was appended by a statement from nVidia, saying that these rumors about Tegra2 delay are not true. Duh.

    • vkelman said, on April 11, 2010 at 11:10

      @localudal,
      What did you say about Pixel Qi screens? Could you explain in more details, please?


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