I (Joshua) wanted to expand on the blog post you made today-
I am an engineering professor at the University of Delaware in the USA. The student whose email you quoted had several good points, but I wanted to make some comments from a professor’s point of view.
The Adam can be the perfect device for me if it has a few relatively-simple features.
1) It needs to support PDF. Textbooks are nice, but research papers are essential. If I could read and annotate papers on Adam, that would be a huge convenience.
2) Support for organizing research papers would also be quite valuable. Mendeley (a free program) or Papers (mac-only) or EndNote is the type of functionality I envision. This can, of course, be developed later, but it would be quite nice.
3) When lecturing, I go back and forth between PowerPoint and the blackboard. This is a waste of time and fairly inefficient. It would be great if Adam could support (at least playback of) PPT files and could work with a stylus to allow annotation and presentations.
4) For this to work, Adam needs video out. Most classroom projectors have only VGA inputs, so compatibility is a must.
5) The academic year starts in September, so it would be fantastic if Adam were available in the US before then.
6) Good support for e-books (epub or kindle) would be very nice, as I find myself traveling frequently for conferences, etc.