Notion Ink

Week-End Special – Part II

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on September 25, 2010

Hello Everyone!

This is in the continuation of the last week’s post. I thought I will be able to finish it in this one, but I think I will continue this week-end special for a while. In this post we go further in the product.

This is the 3D drawing of the camera module. There were few very important issues which were to be resolved. We designed it for 185 degrees rather than for 180 (in most of the cases you will be holding it in such a way that it is not exactly facing you, so providing a little bit of offset). You might feel that 5 degrees isn’t much, but then for Adam its 5+3 degrees of natural inclination, so around 8 degrees (some relief when it’s on table) There are 2 rings on each side of the camera shaft which stops the module at all the angles. For connectivity, we designed a very special FPC which could sustain the usage cycles we were looking at. Believe me, this was THE most difficult job in the whole project (moving components always cause problems like Blackberry’s trackball). There are tremendous possibilities in the combination of Swivel design and Auto Focus Feature (from surveillance, notes while taking images, notes while taking video lectures to augmented reality!).

Next comes the batteries. It’s a 3 cell battery which you find in the laptops. There are very serious laws and regulations which one needs to follow while designing product with batteries as they are dangerous! We have 3 level of protection to stop any leakage or damage. First is on the batteries itself. Second comes from the body of the device and third from that green section (mesh plate). Ever wonder why is it there? It has beautiful automobile mesh texture which helps you grip, adds class to the over all design and acts like the 3rd protection for batteries. You will find that there are 2 parts in this product (one is this mesh plate) that you can customize with your choice of color!

This is the exploded view of the whole device (not updated). At the bottom you will find the device casing which holds the track-pad as well. Above this you will find the mother board (not visible in this drawing) and the screen (dark brown part which is visible). The green part is a Magnalium Alloy Chassis which provides the strength to the whole device. Its light, strong and designed to resist shock propagation to other components (due to which they are used heavily in Aircrafts). And the top most section is your capacitive screen (4 Layers in all) with the protective Glass (THE costliest component). Your Tegra chip nicely sits below the screen (Tegra module is extremely small!).

I have tried my best to pay heavy attention to the detailing in the product and the UI (and hoping you might like it!). It took us some 11 iterations before we finalized this +/- key design. Even for the toggle button (deep sleep/turn off), there were loads of iterations.

It has been an extremely fulfilling experience to see the product taking shape from sketches to rough mechanical prototypes, to CAD files which can be used to mill product out and finally to the complete render of the product.

Below is one more render of the product (mesh plate)(I know you have seen a lot of renders and now waiting for the final pictures and in the post to come on 9th Oct, I will show you the final device right from our factories).

I was thinking of posting a poll to understand your color choices for the devices. Let me know if you all are up for the same (in the comments). I feel that is one more way to get you all closer in designing Adam!


Here is the final image of this post.


(Apologies for the mistakes you might find in the renders like aliasing etc. I have personally done all these renders for you and time is in a bit of shortage here).

Warm Regards

Rohan Shravan


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  1. Rodrigo Gomes said, on September 25, 2010 at 16:31

    The Adam seems to be shaping up well. Can’t wait for it’s launch date!
    About the colors, I prefer black, but a poll would be nice.
    Two questions: will it support other operating systems directly (I’d like to install Debian/Ubuntu), and keyboards/mouses too?

    • YJRS said, on September 25, 2010 at 19:58

      Yes, definitely black and/or silver for me!

    • Darius_bd said, on September 26, 2010 at 23:25

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      Agree! Black + Silver!!!! And maybe a Black+Industrial Yellow, like the last render, like the HTC Aria ;]

    • Vlad said, on September 26, 2010 at 01:07

      How long till I can actually buy one of these ?

    • inmypjs said, on September 27, 2010 at 04:01

      Black, silver, gun metal grey, and white are the more neutral, slick business colors. But Notion Ink shouldn’t use Fisher-Price like colors or it will look cheap. For $498 this is marketed more towards adults and professionals and not mall rats and high-schoolers. Satin or Metallic (instead of glossy or matte) finishes like champagne gold, copper & bronze using actual metal and not plastic are nice too as long as they are used as accents. For bolder color choices I lean towards the brushed metallic yellow and the transluscence of anodized aluminum colors against black. See links below:

      and for the ladies…

      http://nrablog.com/post/2009/05/05/Little-Pink-Rifles-from-Jessica-Sparks.aspx

    • inmypjs said, on September 27, 2010 at 04:03

      Black, silver, gun metal grey, and white are the more neutral and slick colors. Those should be the standard colors. Notion Ink shouldn’t use Fisher-Price like colors or it will look cheap. For $498 this is marketed more towards adults and professionals and not mall rats and high-schoolers. Satin or Metallic (instead of glossy or matte) finishes like champagne gold, copper & bronze using actual metal and not plastic are nice too as long as they are used as accents. For bolder color choices I lean towards the brushed metallic yellow and the transluscence of anodized aluminum colors against black.

    • Thomas said, on September 27, 2010 at 07:26

      I beg to differ. The iPad was directed towards adults and kids… in fact, some high schools are using the iPads as a teaching aid. I wouldn’t rule out the Adam for use by kids because of it price point or styling. Kids are perfect for this because a lot of apps are developed by kids (including college kids) and thats what the Adam needs. Also, kids do like colors like gun metal and silver and white. limiting a product to one group of people will get it no where. I think the Adam is a clear winner over the iPad for kids in high school and college, as well as adults

    • Sam said, on September 27, 2010 at 09:58

      I like what Dell did with their Inspiron color choices… I don’t think it necessarily means something is cheap…

      I vote for bright neon green, neon orange, neon yellow, and mid range purple. =D
      I’m totally going to buy a purple version if there is one.

    • kabeer said, on September 27, 2010 at 14:13

      Will it support iOS or Mac, i don’t want android?

    • Arioch said, on September 27, 2010 at 16:28

      Apple would never allow that.

      It sells their hardware for ay price they want, and onn of the reasons is they would never allow anyone to be compatible with their software.

      There never be any non-Apple computer/tablet/player/phone that Apple would allow their OS work on.

    • Harvey said, on September 27, 2010 at 16:47

      @Arioch,

      that’s not true. In Germany, you can use every OS on hardware what ever want. The restriction of Apple are only for US, not for Germany.
      For my self, I have 2 Dell laptops running Tiger.

      @kabeer:
      buy a ipad if you whant a MAC tablet ;-)

    • Arioch said, on September 27, 2010 at 17:01

      Legally puchased not-upgrade version of Tiger ? not cracked ? with official support ?

      Ooh!, if the person is hacker, he would not ask “will it work” to netizens, he would say “i’d make it work’ to himsef.
      If he is not, i guess “no!” is better answer to him ;-)

      At least makers of Apple computer hardware clones been suppressed quite fast.

    • mits said, on September 28, 2010 at 04:16

      It will definately NOT support ios or mac, since these two are products of Apple and are used on Apple exclusive products.

  2. Eirik Faber said, on September 25, 2010 at 16:35

    YES! finally we are getting somewhere, cant wait for it to come to norway, or ship to norway, either way im excited! cant wait until 9th october to see the final version:D GREAT JOB ROHAN!

  3. Brian said, on September 25, 2010 at 16:44

    Thanks for the update!

    I like the colour option! Did you mean that there will be only ONE final colour or a variety of a few? Either way a poll would be great!

    I personally would like black and bronze (goes with my phone and laptop well) or black with titanium grey (looks sleek and clean in general)

    I look forward to more news! This is making me excited!

  4. Harvey said, on September 25, 2010 at 16:46

    Hi Rohan,

    I love your updates :-) I also prefer black but I think a lot of people will enjoi other colours.
    And October, 9th will be a cool day because we will s the final ADAM :-)

    Please go ahead with all. Your are making a good job.

    Thanks for all,
    Harvey

  5. Mahesh Rumale said, on September 25, 2010 at 16:47

    Like the technical details of the product. I have seen a blog website or an Internet news channel breakdown the products and analyze the construction of a product. This is the first time I am seeing a parent company do that. Another first step in so many different firsts from Notion Ink. Congratulation! I hope this will be adopted by other companies as well.

    A poll on colours should be great. The colours are a strange thing when it comes different people and different parts of the world. Taking the examples of automobiles. You will see the colour pallet used in India vs the US differs greatly. The choice of colours in the US is predominantly White, Black, Silver, Blue and Red. Yes there are offshoot colours but they are from the above colours. The special colours Yellow, Special Reds are reserved for Sports cars. The Luxury Cars only sport Silver or Black. At the same time you look at colours in India you such vibrant colours even dual tone colours.

    I think I can write a book about colors or colours. I don’t want to start the business attire colours. But the basic is it has to be some tinge of blue for the shirts and the khaki (brown) for the pants. They will not deviate from these colours.

    Each culture has its own understanding and usage of colours. Providing options of colours can help it to be customized to youth, business and casual users. I second this thought.

    • Thomas said, on September 27, 2010 at 07:30

      Yea, there was an article in a newspaper i read that was about color choices on cars. the choices differed greatly between age and by location. like the lighter colors are more predominant in warmer climates and younger people tend to choose darker colors.

    • Arioch said, on September 27, 2010 at 23:34

      I think, Notion Ink is to go OEM way like Malata.

      Then cutural customisation, including choosing locally popular colours, would be made by re-sellers (shops with their local brands)
      Also that maybe wuld increase availability of Adam to other countries, though for extra price of course.
      Also that may increase number of buyers, hence decreasing cost of Adams via Economy of scales.


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