Notion Ink

Where did it all start anyway!

Posted in 1 by Rohan Shravan on February 18, 2010

Let’s see how far can I go back!

Out of my college, and I wanted a device to browse internet everywhere, anytime. I wanted to read news, stay up to date with all possible RSS feeds. Read random books, manage my finances. Write blogs. Chart out plans. But this is not what I wanted when I was in college. There I wanted to read economics. See how reactions take place. Design machines in 3D. Design a robot which can be controlled, programmed. Take photographs, edit them, share them. Stay in touch with friends. Send them messages. Watch serials.

And in school, I wanted to paint, I wanted to learn how to play music. How to create toys with smaller elements. Sit back on bicycle and tell my mom, I am coming home, cook aloo-gobhi for me! Do homework quickly. Watch all possible serials on Discovery Channel. Junkyard Wars was my fav, along with Extreme Engineering. Follow cricket like mad ox. Collect photos of cars, scientific innovations. Write stories!

But the actual fun, was when I was a kid. I wanted to be an astronaut one day, and the other, a cricketer. Then I will wake up and tell my mom, I will be a scientist, and then suddenly the PM of the nation. I had dreams that I will fly, touch moon and travel faster than light. Kept wondering, how gravity works, and followed butterflies.

And like everyone, now I am none of them.

Life moved faster than I thought. I still remember my dreams of actually landing on Mars! Life is too harsh. It stole my childhood dreams. As a kid I was unaware of destiny. Unaware of work to live concept. Thought, that everyone can be happy, learn whatever they want. And may be this is where I was nurturing this dream.

Doesn’t matter if I am not able to realize my dreams. I can do something for everyone else out there. Do something for a kid to learn music, challenge gravity. Let students see reactions, smile in awe when they look at such wonderful engineering creations of man. Let engineers test their concepts. And let people like me spend time in communication. One device which can help many without telling them it’s helping. One device which quietly slips into their lives and becomes their best friend. Their personal diary. The window to look at their kids out there in some unknown land.

A device, just to realise dreams!

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  1. Autarc said, on February 18, 2010 at 03:10

    Just read your last post from yesterday and put a comment at it (see ), now the next follows. I really like the way you thinking about this device and it definitely deserves to be supported (~ although I am still at college, I think Adam will serve me very well in lectures and probably will be a good plattform for free time and buisness purposes in future). Customer orientated, knowing whats necessary for a good slate and providing usefull innovations like the rear-trackpad makes the Notion Ink team outstanding in the market :)

  2. Gary O said, on February 18, 2010 at 06:46


    Thank you for such an inspiring post. From a technical perspective, the Adam has definitely captured my attention. Now after reading your personal vision of a device which “helps many without telling them it’s helping, which quietly slips into their lives and becomes their best friend, their personal diary, to realize dreams!”, that truly is inspiring, and exactly what I am looking for in a next-generation device.

    Looking forward to someday soon holding an Adam in my hand!

  3. ajajit said, on February 18, 2010 at 07:41

    well i’m still in school ( in 12th) , i really cant wait for this device, as a science student i feel this device could really help in the realm of physics , as some thing like a physics engine where you place your blocks and springs and watch how they would move in a certain arrangement, it’ll be very cool to also have a graphing calculator in which you could colour in the area and it’ll integrate it and tell you answer , or tap on a point to get the slope of tangent at that point. Over all i cant wait for this device, thank you for pursuing that idea that came to you and not letting it go.

  4. skyofoctober said, on February 18, 2010 at 08:28

    Rohan, I am very glad to hear you dream of space exploration! I work at NASA and many people there are very interested in your tablet and we wish you the best of luck. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Notion Ink tablet makes it to the space station one day for the astronauts to use on their time off. Don’t give up your dream of going into space, who knows, maybe one day you can buy yourself a ticket to space!

    • Rohan Shravan said, on February 18, 2010 at 09:24

      You got me excited as if I was a kid :)
      Thanks for keeping the dream alive!

    • southp0le said, on March 31, 2010 at 05:40

      Quite an inspirational post Rohan! If you need any kind of assistance in USA, please feel free to message me! It will be my pleasure to work for your company! Innovation never fails!!

    • utpalmistry said, on February 20, 2010 at 12:41

      Dear Skyofoctober,

      I am visiting USA in April End with my 15 year old Son , ZUBIN,, who is just as fanatic as Rohan for NASA exploration…

      He will there for 1 week at ANL , Argonne Natonal Lab , Chicago….along with me…

      Any chances , he can come over to NASA for 1 week exploration at any of the destiations in USA…in May 2010?

      He is an excellent 10th Grade student with zeal and Guts in Physics and Mathematics in pariticular with scholastic records in Olympiad (Maths , Science and Cyber)…

      Well, for me , I am into the diamond Machine Manfuacturing business and by Degree I am a University Gold Medalist Electronics Engineer ….You can learn more about me on

      Thanks in advance


    • skyofoctober said, on February 22, 2010 at 08:56

      Utpal, unfortunately it’s not so simple to get someone access to any of the NASA centers and so I can’t help you. My suggestion to you and your son is to go visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center in Florida ( ). It is open to the general public and it includes tours of the space center. I know that when I was your son’s age visiting Kennedy Space Center was a great inspiration to me.

  5. maximkat said, on February 18, 2010 at 13:42

    Hey, guys. Any info on when you’ll actually make an official announcement, with release date, price etc?

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