Notion Ink

The Week-End mini-Special – Part V

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on October 24, 2010

Dear All,

Its getting busier and busier here, and there is lot more to communicate.

Today I want to cover stuff of battery and some clarification on UI. But before we do that, there are two things I need to share:

  1. There are so many reasons that why so many logos were not selected, like being similar to a lot of existing logos, extremely difficult to print in one-two color, using proprietary images from the net (serious issue), in-sufficient explanation when the logo was not self-explanatory, etc. You will find that many logos in the top 43 are not either perfect or better than the ones not in there. But the reason they are there is because they represent a very different concept, and if given a face lift, would be much better! My uncle used to say, “You should be disappointed at least for a while, when you don’t win, cos it shows that it was your genuine effort and you really loved what you did!”
  2. The EAP. Probably we will have to do the closure earlier than on 3rd November because of the sheer entries and participation. We have got real serious people out there, and just after reading their application (and without even communicating back) it was sure that they MUST get the first Adams. What we are doing here is to talk to all of them personally and check what is the end use case, how can we work together and improve the current eco-system and Adam itself. If you have submitted your application and feel that there is still more you can add in the sections, or there is something missing, please do so, cos your words count a lot!

Now let’s get started on the mini-special part!

The Speakers!

I am also a musician (I play guitar and mouth-organ). And since starting it was extremely important for us to get the best sound to come out from Adam. And we think Adam has the best sound when compared to any tablet out there! You can easily watch movies on it without using any other speaker (that would mean that now more than one can enjoy the Media on the device if you are not closer to your home theater and it’s really important) or head phones.

Most of the small speakers falls in the category of syndrome called “No Bass Man!”. In simple words they have good treble but bass is just not there! You can generalize that small speakers will not have good response below 200Hz (it’s not manufacturing or speaker quality issue, there is a lot of physics and surface area properties involved). We have tried to resolve this problem by designing better speaker enclosure and using the body of the Adam itself as the resonator!

The battery!

The most power hogging elements on Adam are (in decreasing order) LCD, Wi-Fi, 3G, Speakers (in full power mode) and then CPU (Tegra). I am getting from more than 2 full days to minimum of 15 hours (on average which will some idle time as well) ! I am thinking of posting an interactive chart where you all can fill in details of how you will use it and then get the usage value out! Tegra consumes nothing for Open GL so it’s definitely a paradise for Gamers. I have seldom seen it crossing its 60-70mW line (idle) and touching 200-400mW for heavy usage. Adam has 24Whr, and you are bound to be extremely happy with its battery performance. On a comparison, iPad (couldn’t find other device to write here) has 25Whr, and gives you around 11-12 hour. On similar calculations Adam has 24Whr battery and consumers around 1.2Whr (on similar tests as mentioned on their website) and ended up giving 24/1.2=20 hours. (That’s why I want to develop that interactive chart which you can use and see yourself).

The USBs!

Its real fun and time saver to watch 1080p movies, videos, etc. (on device as reduced 1024 or on 48″ LCD TV, full 1080p via HDMI) directly from the USB without actually transferring it into the memory of Adam!

See an old image of Adam here. 2 quick USB connections and your keyboard and mouse are alive! Tablets are supposed to be independent devices. Not requiring a MASTER (PC) to get data from, get songs from, etc. And hence I/O ports are extremely important.

For the UI I am waiting for something very important to be done first. I read the comments on the Eden blog and wanted to clarify few things here. Eden has 3 panels. That would mean you can run 3 application which you can SEE. On the right and on the left there are as many applications opened as you wish! You just need to swipe across to access them. The Eden allows you to easily switch panels, so you have full control which one to view. You can set Application to auto open as panel when they have some notification, etc (like chat window).

Things are getting hectic here and I will start the next week-end special right now so we have actually something very special (that’s why we have “mini” in today’s header.

With Warm Regards

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  1. Himanshu said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:05

    Finally got the update.Thanks a lot :)

    • Vishesh Doshi said, on October 27, 2010 at 17:49

      Hey ppl! HOW ABOUT THIS…..even better.
      Slightly Off Topic but —– > ‘MUST READ VERY IMPORTANT!’

      LOGO CONTEST! Great work to all you guys! But, read this..adressing to all participants.

      ——————————————– @ “RESOLUTION AMONGST THE FANBOYS vs NI”
      @ —————————————

      U all say u want all the works to be displayed, apart from those 40′s selected.
      Many who aren’t up there, have also put quite an effort, few very Impressive Works.

      I say what if we fans persue team NI with the resolution below:-

      Apart from the finalized Official Logo on 28th Oct.
      What if we persue NI to come out with a scheme of “Special Limited Edition Adam’s” buy outs espically for those fan’s who have all participated & contributed for the ‘LOGO CONTEST’. Give them all (participating fans) a choice to choose from some 100 logo’s filtered out of those 4500 by NI team. If not the discounts which is left for those 43.

      The fans won’t mind spending some extra BUK’S for those “Limited Editions” & get their choice of Logo’s (Maybe a choice to select even their own) printed
      ‘ALONG WITH THE OFFICIAL LOGO’.

      This way it’s a WIN-WIN situation 4 all those fans who are not-selected/ selected & NI.
      Every 1 goes happy! Notion Ink is hailed by its fans! And the word spreads even faster in the Tablet’s market, of the Cool looking limited Adams! Notion Ink gets even more famous with such marketing plans & the word spread outside through fan’s.

      Plz! Vote +1 if you agree with this. And make your point heard to Rohan! :-)

    • raul reston said, on December 7, 2010 at 11:32

      this is the ultimate.

  2. billreyn said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:10

    Nice to see that we can hook up a mouse and keyboard if we want!

    • levpius said, on October 24, 2010 at 17:36

      of course …

    • billreyn said, on October 24, 2010 at 21:35

      Why of course? I don’t believe Rohan said it would be possible. And android is meant for a touch interface. So there was no guarantee that it would work with a mouse and keyboard. I would imagine NI had to write drivers for them. I doubt Google put a mouse pointer in android. So they would have to write that stuff in.
      Someone in another post had asked if you could attach an external dvd drive. And I sad the same thing. Won’t work without drivers to recognize it.

    • tintincub said, on October 24, 2010 at 22:51

      @billreyn

      Earth to billreyn: we now have this technology know as “bluetooth” and also the purpose of those ugly USB ports is to connect input devices like a keyboard.That’s why it’s not really “news” that you can connect a darn keyboard.

      Also it looks like you have a lot of catching up to do, so you are cleared to land anywhere anytime.

    • cosmic said, on October 24, 2010 at 23:46

      @tintin

      Earth to tintin: Your comment accomplished nothing but to be condescending and arrogant. Drivers don’t write themselves and isn’t like he was going “omfg I dint no its do dat” he was just glad it does.

      On a side note I’d rather have a couple usb ports over having to use ugly proprietary adapter for everything except the proprietary adapter.

      “There’s an app for that” because otherwise popular basic sites would be out of reach.
      “There’s an adapter for that” because we know you can’t resist paying even more for the apple logo=P

    • cosmic said, on October 24, 2010 at 23:49

    • tarwinia said, on October 25, 2010 at 01:48

      Exactly Bill. Without driver support it doesn’t matter if you have every I/O port imaginable. Then there’s the fact that it’s not so easy to install new drivers as with Windows. Most hardware manufacturers provide drivers for Windows (and almost as many for macs). On regular Linux that’s not a problem as they have very good driver support built in but Android is not Linux, only Linux based. There have been comments in reviews of other tablets of compatibility issues with USB devices. The only thing that would warrant “of course” is the video on Technoholik from way back where Rohan mentioned keyboards and mice as one of the reasons for the USB ports.

    • Erik said, on October 25, 2010 at 01:49

      tintincub, you’re being kind of mean. There is no need to be so demeaning. We never did know about mouse capability before, something that doesn’t seem would work out of the box of android. With a bluetooth keyboard you need to power your keyboard with some sort of battery, now you can power the keyboard via the usb. You actually have to break open your android phone and tinker with some stuff for it to give power to a keyboard plugged in via mini-usb.

    • billreyn said, on October 25, 2010 at 02:29

      @Erik, does that surprise you? Tintin is the resident troll. He already drove off Crystal because he was so demeaning. And another poster was ready to beat him up. Tintin seems to believe he is smarter than he is. Why? Because he owns Apple products! It must not have occurred to him that the usb ports might only be for external storage. The bluetooth could have been only for wireless headphones and transferring files. Just having those does not mean the operating system will recognize everything plugged into them. I am also surprised he hasn’t gone off on a rant of why you would need them. This is the age of touchscreens! Why would anyone use a mouse and keyboard!

    • tarwinia said, on October 25, 2010 at 05:17

      Oooh, one other thing I am curious about is how well game pads will be supported (be it via bluetooth or usb). Given the gaming aspects of the Tegra 2 and adam it could be great if there was game pad support so that you could hook it up to a tv and play from the couch.

    • Mohan Reddy said, on October 25, 2010 at 09:49

      good option

    • Anshuman Jain said, on October 25, 2010 at 11:44

      @tintin I thought that you r a voice of reason on this blog but u r turning out to be an arrogant guy making fun of others. Really disappointed by your recent comments.

    • Richard said, on October 25, 2010 at 19:24

      I have to say that the Apple solution looks just a bit (understatement) better than the picture of the Adam with the keyboard and mouse connected. Believe it or not, for most people esthetics count.

    • levpius said, on October 25, 2010 at 20:26

      @billreyn, got your point. please lemme take back my ‘of course’ :)
      All blame on NI being a thoroughly cool company :)

    • tintincub said, on October 25, 2010 at 22:37

      @Anshuman

      Sorry I couldn’t meet your _standards_ and entertain you. But thanks for your free 360 degrees evaluation. So I get a D?

    • tintincub said, on October 25, 2010 at 22:40

      @billreyn

      “It must not have occurred to him that the usb ports might only be for external storage”

      If you are half of the resident _expert_ that you claim to be then you would notice Rohan talking about Adam supporting USB Keyboards in the earlier videos and posts. I think it’s even in the video blob posted on this page.

    • billreyn said, on October 27, 2010 at 11:13

      @levpius

      Don’t worry about it. I don’t know how I missed Rohan mentioning it before. Think I was distracted by the other great features!

  3. 4r4nd0mninj4 said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:12

    I can’t wait for that interactive chart! It’s looking like I should easily get a full business days use out of it and then some :D

  4. josh said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:13

    first

    • lol said, on October 25, 2010 at 09:24

      fail

    • pwnd said, on October 26, 2010 at 06:04

      win ^^^

  5. Aaron said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:15

    Battery life sounds great! Very excited for next weeks post, thank you for your dedication and getting this post out as well. Rohan, I’m not sure if you have seen my application yet, but I apologize for all the edits as I was having problems fitting everything I wanted to tell you in the application’s technology box. Please contact me if there is anything more you would like to see in the application, it would be very beneficial to our company to have early access to a device.

    Thanks,
    Aaron Blankenship
    Exodus Apps

    • Aaron said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:21

      Also, I would just like to mention how excited I get watching my websites analytics data increase with users coming from this blog, as well as hits from Bangalore. We hope to have apps for everyone available as soon as possible.

    • Erik said, on October 24, 2010 at 12:36

      Heh, I googled “Exodus Apps” after seeing your shameless plug in one of your developer’s signatures on Sprint’s forums. I also love that feeling of seeing the analytic data, unfortunately awstats only updates once a day making me want to stay up far later than I should to see the updated statistics.


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