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Break from Eden UI – The Hardware

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on December 24, 2010

Hello All,

This video is a break from Eden UI and shows some of the Hardware features along with the 180 degree port placement. Key hardware features are as below:

  • HDMI Out – Adam on the Vimeo site and playing a video (Flash). Sound is also sent along with video signals (disabled in the posted video). You can also see, Adam powering USB speakers (it can charge all your phones as well). We also switched OFF the screen while the video was playing (I remember this was a question in the comments some time ago).
  • False Digitizer – We show Adam being used as a false digitizer (sending touch signals via wi-fi) for Blender on Windows. It is as accurate as you can get on your touch-pad, just that it’s a 10 inch one! I would suggest you use a stylus for these kind of works. It also acts like a keyboard (used few short cuts here like r (for rotate), s (for scale), etc. for Blender)
  • Adam has stereo speakers ( 1 watt into 2) and they are located on either sides of the device unlike others (in fact all tablets) where speakers are clubbed together (this makes stereo speakers work as mono, and you can’t feel the 3D nature of sound).
  • You can easily connect your wireless mouse and keyboards as you have seen in earlier videos, and is not repeated here. (Someone questioned, can they connect their USB modems and run internet! The answer is yes, if the drivers are available for Android, so you need to check with your service provider)
  • You can take a look at the light silver section (decorative bars) and it’s design, which are easily replaceable and helps in color customizations.
  • Adam looks more male and industrial than other softer tablets out there.

Here is the video (with non-production quality disclaimer).

With Warm Regards

Rohan Shravan

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  1. Prema said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:44

    Merry Christmas @ ALL :-)

    • aghanim said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:53

      Merry Xmas to You too Prema !!

    • send2dev said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:22

      Merry Christmas To All ! :)

  2. Abhijeet Iraj said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:44

    :)

  3. mrajiv said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:44

    first

    • mrajiv said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:45

      lol 3rd :P

    • Calle said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:50

      I second that….

    • Calle said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:57

      …or maybe i am no 436700. – anyways…I don’t care…

  4. Ekiliwindi said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:44

    fabless PixelQis are cheaper than LCDs (ask inventor Jepson); they’re free only to OLPC, anyway…

    (1) i’m sure NI has a good reason for pricing PQ Adams higher than LCD ones..

    (2) i also hope Adam2 features a Mirasol screen..

    (3) and the student discount Rohan mentioned earlier?

    LCDs force us to read silhouettes — ouch! they should be obsolete on sub-12-inch devices..

    • Rohan Shravan said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:45

      Well, it’s costing us more than 4 times as of now. Unless they hit millions, it isn’t going to be cheaper :|

    • Prema said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:49

      Yes, the DoItYourself kit costs 250 USD just for the PQi screen…

    • nsriram said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:38

      well, if we use x + 4 x = 125 (the difference between lcd and pq model), we get x as approx 42 dollars (marginal cost of lcd screen) and 4x as 168 dollars (cost per PQ screen)

    • nsriram said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:40

      I meant 4 x – x = 125 results in $42/LCD and $168/PQ

    • Pavan said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:00

      @Rohan, the stand used for adam looks neat. And from the leaked un-boxing pics, its evident that its the packaging using for adam.

      The video quality seams so improved, it almost looked to be professional demo, apart from missing audio.

      When can we hear some demo of the speakers too?

    • yashraj zala said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:02

      Rohan Adam Screen look very dull in front of Desktop Screen.!!!! Why?

    • Pavan said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:04

      @yashraj: The camera seams to have focussed on the bigger screen so its looking bright and clear and the out of focus adam is not.

    • random_n said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:28

      The Adam has an ambient light sensor to modulate the brightness to an appropriate level, while the desktop display was blasting away at normal brightness. The camera CCD amplifies this effect. Also, that’s a very good quality Dell display which would outdo most of the Best Buy-grade monitors you’ll find. Last, like most laptop and tablet displays, Pixel Qi only covers ~40% NTSC colour while the desktop display likely does at least 90%. It’s a sacrifice necessary for space, and even the iPad’s lovely IPS panel outputs under 50% NTSC*.

      *source “http://www.waybeta.com/news/42813/ips-dafa-kamui-apple-ipad-crazy-ravaged-netbook/2/”

    • Deepesh Soni said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:37

      i must say …it has grown from a fan blog to serious Tech Blog …..kudos to u guys …..

    • Himanshu jain said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:41

      +1 :)

    • Suresh said, on December 25, 2010 at 04:20

      +1 learnt a lot of stuff on this blog

    • Sowmya said, on December 25, 2010 at 10:54

      +1 true, the transition is for the better i guess !

    • Himanshu said, on December 25, 2010 at 11:11

      +1. Even I got to learn a lot of things :).

    • opty said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:45

      Kind sir, that would be due to the fact that the backlight gets switched off at 1:02, so the Pixel Qi screen is in reflective mode :D

    • tandeh said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:07

      Looking good, as a digitizer, biggest multitouch track pad ever LOL.

      so if adam hits millions you will go cheaper, i’m a student and money is tight (especially with the high UK fees), any chance of student discounts, if it takes off in uni’s Adam will be a serious competitor in that space, especially for lectures, note taking and textbooks, you have an untapped market, where word of mouth can make you some serious inroads, especially if you provide discount llike apple and HP (USA only at the moment), Hp is bringing four tablets out with WEB OS soon (3 at CES) and the fourth is epecially for students, i want adam to beat them to it. :)

      especially if you can make deals with Uni’s IT procurement department, i always see lecturers struggle to setup their lectures with heavy laptops on the uni projectors LOL, with adam i hope you have something like ‘bump’ on android where you can us sniffer to exchange notes and video of lectures.

      also can we take notes on the PDF’s or clip parts (a bit like clipmarks on firefox) of pdfs/websites, where it saves the clip with the website details making it easier to reference (Haravard, APA etc.) as we don’t lose track of the bit we actually needed from the site.

    • jaytea said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:19

      I think he meant if Pqi screen sales hit millions, it will become cheaper to buy the screens. He said that they are 4 times as much as standard lcd screens right now.
      JT

    • Himanshu jain said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:43

      +1. Rohan was talking about PixelQi as they are the manufacturer of PQ screen

    • manish said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:12

      Rohan Do you have doubt that you will NOT hit millions… ;)
      well We don think so :D
      Merry xmas

    • Ekiliwindi said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:07

      thanks…

      MLJepson’s PQ sales are bound to rise into those millions. she said fablessness sped production. O… NI could just buy Pixel Qi ;)

    • suicideclown1 said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:32

      I have done a little retail myself and I know that many suppliers dont pass on production discounts until the year after you hit their price break categories. Until Adam sales hit a certain numbers they wont be offered discounted supplies. So we may not see these cheaper prices until Adam 2, possibly one of the other reasons that the more expensive cutting edge technology was not used in the Adam 1. I look forward to the Adam 2! I most certainly will purchase it upon release and I will give the one i am getting to my wife or maybe frame it as a symbol of technological history in my life time ;)… I could not frame any of the first generation computer… too big :(

      it just blows me away that a start up company with NO purchase history can come in and make a product at full wholesale prices and sell it to customers for this price! Exactly what does it cost to MAKE and Ipad and apple is selling it for WHAT? $$$ kaching!

      Thank you NI for bringing us affordable technology and not just becoming a sellout like everyone else. Thank you for designing something great and bringing it directly to the customer. Most other people would have seen dollar signs and just sold it to a bigger company.

      Here is my question Rohan… What was the largest offer you declined because you chose us over big money?

  5. Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:45

    :-D

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:49

      So that thing is a “Back Button”… We’ve been guessing about that forever! Most people though IR port…

    • Jai said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:35

      Yeah… it is shown as Back button… but strangely, if you have noticed, that is the only button/port that doesn’t have any icon/name associated with it. May be that will change to something else with an update?.. ;)

    • Esco said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:59

      perhaps its purpose is to take you back – but who says it takes you back in a triditional “push the button” type of way… hmmm

    • Dev said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:26

      Its a Back to the Future button, surely.

    • Dev said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:24

      So, this means I don’t need a Google TV or an Apple TV, right? I hope Netflix, Amazon and others who offer streaming video will be smart enough to offer Android clients that will work on Adam. How does Flash/Adobe Air fit into all this? Sorry, I am a bit behind the times on some of these things — don’t watch much TV!

    • Dev said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:27

      Oops! This was to be a standalone comment w.r.t the HDMI out capabilities of Adam.

    • borismedia said, on December 25, 2010 at 11:53

      Rohan did say in a previous post that the mystery feature could be something that could be turned on at any time in future updates. Who knows what gems Adam might ship with?!

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:54

      Is the “false digitizer” functionality actually working over Wifi (802.11b/g/n) or over bluetooth?

    • Atul Tiwari said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:59

      False Digitizer – We show Adam being used as a false digitizer ( sending touch signals via wi-fi ) for Blender on Windows.

      Wifi

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:15

      Yes, I know he says “wifi” but I wonder if he meant “bluetooth”.

      I think most communication like that is done over bluetooth as opposed to wifi. Anyway, I thought I’d ask for clarification just in case he did mean to say bluetooth.

      Though wifi would be much better. There is a lot more range. I can see using Adam as a control for HTPC’s and similar use computers. Plus think of the practical jokes you could play on people at the office. LOL

    • Veeraraagavan said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:30

      I would have agreed with you, but input peripherals over Wifi are actually possible. You may need an app on the other side which acts as the bridge between the computer and the peripheral – see the following:
      “http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/23/wifi-touchpad-in-review-turn-your-iphone-into-a-mousepad/”

    • ronakrathod said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:35

      I was bat to mention the same iPhone app.
      +1
      but adam as digitizer is cooler. Bigger surface area and better resolution digitizing.

    • Veeraraagavan said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:38

      on the bluetooth part that is. That would have been too much a blunder to say WiFi when actually it is through bluetooth. I hope I am not wrong, for Rohan’s sake, in thinking that this was somehow over WiFi. Gotta go now. Will catch up with you guys later.

      And hey BTW, Merry Christmas – and may be there is a clue in this video – one important side of the device was not shown with the text indicators – so does this confirm that the mystery feature is definitely visible from outside? (double confirming our guesses?)

      Cheers!

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:38

      Either way, over wifi or bluetooth, it is a pretty cool feature.

    • meva said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:02

      I really hope its bluetooth. My work computer doesn’t have wifi. I’m in a secure data center that does not allow for little wireless routers on our desk… I have admin rights on the computer so I guess I could use my Android phone as the access point “wifi teather” to connect my Adam to the Desktop PC… Sounds like a little too much just to get this feature going lol… fingers crossed for bluetooth :)

    • Vector66 said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:25

      I think it is like another program I use, you install a client on your pc and then it talks to it through your network connection.

      It was very nice, I had one keyboard and mouse and could control multiple systems it was like a virtual KVM over the network, So I am guessing this works the same way. Very cool Rohan.

      Merry Christmas all!!!!!

    • SamDobs said, on December 25, 2010 at 18:06

      @Vector66… were u talking abt INPUT DIRECTOR ??

    • Veeraraagavan said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:42

      and there is one more thing :D LOL

      Every video and the words used, like I had said when Rohan posted the first videos -

      I am loving Rohan’s (and everyone in NI’s) “TAKE THAT” attitude :)

    • Suresh said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:44

      I agree… and I like it!

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:55

      Now let’s see iPad (or other tablet) do these things… ;-)

    • Himanshu jain said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:38

      +1 lets send this video to fanboys of Ipad ;) :)

    • Paul Schoe said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:56

      @Greg: +1

      The functionality will be the differentiator. Hope they focus on function rather then tech specs in the marketing as well. (we arrived here based on the specs, the average consumer wants primarily a good User Experience: What can i do with Adam that I cannot do with a tablet from a big brand).

    • Greg said, on December 24, 2010 at 21:59

      “Adam looks more male and industrial than other softer tablets out there.”

      LOL In other words… Other tablets are wimps! ;-)

    • Tigs said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:25

      No, the others are just… fashionable. Adam gets the work done.

    • Raj said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:46

      As the features shown here are awesome that none of the existing tablets can beat (not sure in future). I am wondering why none of the tech sites are picking up these videos. Why are they tight lipped?

      @Rohan, as you have already started posting videos on the blog. Can you please put just 3-5 minute video (professional quality) that shows only the killer features of adam. I am asking becoz I have to sell adam to couple of my friends and not sure which videos to show. When I directed them to this blog they were lazy to go through the posts. They are die hard fans of Apple. I could impress them with hard facts and one of them is ready to consider adam. I understand that you are in the process of putting a video shortly.

    • Paul Schoe said, on December 24, 2010 at 22:58

      I wonder if the female friends are upset about that or whether they look forward to holding a manly Adam in their hands.

    • shane said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:20

      Adam = man
      Eve = women
      why would they be upset

    • sujithprathap said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:25

      +1

    • prantha said, on December 24, 2010 at 23:45

      I can handle a manly Adam. No problem!

    • Joshua Price said, on December 25, 2010 at 08:44

      As a Man, I am *just* comfortable enough with myself that I am okay with holding a big Man-Tablet in my hands…

      (So long as it doesn’t look me in the eye.):)

    • karen said, on December 25, 2010 at 03:36

      No problems with that either ;)
      Don’t want my Adam to look like My First S… uh, Tablet.
      Have been living and studying amongst nearly only tech men, always talking and dreaming about technology like this.
      And now is the time!
      It’s here!

    • Paul Schoe said, on December 25, 2010 at 13:50

      @karen

      Good to hear and as a first owner, you will be able to make them all jealous :)

    • Sowmya said, on December 25, 2010 at 10:58

      i guess he meant rugged enough and its cool if it’s that way… and as far as looks are concerned, adam looks just fashionable !

    • meva said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:09

      It just seems like people have taken on the viewpoint that thinner is better but there is a point where too thin is just simply useless. Give me another 1/4″ thickness if it means I’ll have several I/O’s that increase the function of the device 10 fold! I love the male and industrial look!

    • skip said, on December 25, 2010 at 00:26

      This video rocks and the hardware looks great. I have one concern, where is the placement of the SD card input? Hopefully it is easily accessible. Also, Rohan could you clarify whether its is going to be an SD or Micro SD slot? I can’t wait to get my adam and i don’t want to run out to buy the wrong type of card.


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