Notion Ink

Quick Update

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on September 14, 2010

Hello All,

Seems like a long time before I updated anything. Here is a quick review:

  • We will officially announce the Graphic Engine Deal we have had for Adam. Now you will get complete GL acceleration for the UI and developers will be able to use it in their codes as well.
  • Coming up on Adam along with other stores is a brilliant Comic Store! We will again go public on this in October.
  • Just came back from Taiwan and will release the live pictures.
  • Crossing the biggest milestone on 6th October (actually it was 1st October, but for first 5 days there is Chinese National Day)
  • Battery back-up reports extremely impressive.
  • 13 people joined Notion Ink in last 3 weeks.
  • Received computer systems from Dell a week late than what we were expecting at Bangalore Center :|
  • (I am really waiting for October when we will have the go ahead from our partners to update you all a lot on the SW and deals side)
  • We had already decided to keep the design same for LCD and PQ models. There were a bit of mechanical issues which were solved with the help of Magnalium alloy chassis. For the PQ models we had ab “LED On/Off” switch which will also be in the normal LCD models. Benefit? Now its in your manual control to switch off the screen when you are just listening to music or downloading something. LCDs consume somewhere around 1.8-2.4W an hour! So you will be able to save a LOT!
  • The best news: according to new schedule we will hit for FCC certifications a week earlier than scheduled and over all the project is running 7 days ahead of its schedule.
  • There are few details which we had not shared earlier like the replaceable Batteries concept and more. I think I will update you on this one with images (lots of text already)!

There are a lot of comments which I receive on this blog and due to time constrains I am not able to accept all. The acceptance format was only because, it allowed me to read all, else we all are lazy sometimes! But I think I need to open it for all the comments so at least you all can communicate when the blog is silent.


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  1. Cool Tech Guy said, on September 14, 2010 at 13:33

    Very eager to see in Australia. There has been lots of hype for Samsung, Dell and other BIG BOYS..
    There is no Hype about NotionInk. Hope you guys will do marketing buzz in the coming months..

    • Another Aussie said, on September 15, 2010 at 14:49

      I second that! Have been following this for a while and telling anyone who will listen about it. Word of mouth is the only way people in Australia are hearing about this atm. Better marketing is needed here- our economy has escaped the global financial crisis almost untouched, so people have money to burn and no doubt would happily buy such a nifty gadget.

    • CoppaTop said, on September 15, 2010 at 18:35

      And the many of us who don’t have money to burn and will appreciate this is a great value for money product

    • One more aussie said, on September 17, 2010 at 08:54

      I third that notion!!! I will be one of the first ones to get it.

      Being an IT manager for a company that prides itself in technology, here is a chance to let people know we invest in technology, not just the “show-off” mac stuff. We already have android platforms to look at, now we can work on proper android tablet platform.

    • Ngo Manh Ha said, on September 24, 2010 at 14:23

      Can I get it in Korea?

  2. said, on September 14, 2010 at 13:40

    Thanks for the heads up Rohan. All of a sudden, I now see major brands like Archos, Toshiba, Samsung, LG and Acer flooding the tablet market. Archos infact launched 5 of them – varying sizes and pricing starts at $149. Yet, there is no one in the market with the Pixel Qi screen, swivel-camera, a replaceable battery, flash support and many more unique features that the adam promises to deliver. We also notice that you and your team has been working on making every single component efficient and precise. Be it battery consumption or the Magnalium alloy that you’ve just posted an update about or be it the flash portability. We have our fingers crossed and are eagerly waiting to get hands on to this wonderful piece of technology.

    Best Luck.

    • Amol said, on September 14, 2010 at 23:20

      you’ve posted a nice comparison between iPad and adam

      can you include a post that compares adam, ipad, samsung tab and archos?

    • Stephen said, on September 15, 2010 at 02:26

      Innoversal Lattice tablet also offers the PQ screen. It’s a full 10-inch, 1024 x 600 touchscreen Windows tablet with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor. It also features SSD storage up to 64GB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and a 6-cell battery. The Lattice runs either Windows or Linux and will soon run Chrome OS.

    • Phani said, on September 15, 2010 at 07:07

      Thanks for sharing Stephen, It seems to be a product worth keeping an eye on.

    • Tarwinia said, on September 15, 2010 at 11:12

      Yes, but unfortunately that Atom chip doesn’t compare to an ARM solution for battery life (that’s the reason there are so many tablets coming out with the Android OS). Though if you want Windows the Lattice is a very good choice.

    • Budi said, on September 15, 2010 at 13:45

      Based on specifications written on
      PQ version doesn’t have capacitive, multi-touch, etc ?

    • Jadefalcon said, on September 15, 2010 at 18:10

      @ Stephen,
      I’ve been following the Innoversal Lattice also but no word on release dates yet. I hope they don’t beat the Adam to market.

    • Brian said, on September 18, 2010 at 07:29

      I have been keeping an eye on this one too!

      I keep having a hard time choosing between the two.

      The adam has good hardware (more powerful, better battery life), but android doesn’t seem to have much tablet support at the moment (MS has one note, and many PDF annotation programs). I’m sure (and hope) that Genesis will have similar apps… and that there will be android market (or at least the possibility to side load apps)

      I REALLY REALLY HOPE there is a way to get the android apps on the adam (Beautiful widgets would be awesome!)

      As for the Lattice, it has weaker software (less powerful and less battery life) but has many good office apps (MS). Even if you opt for the android option with the lattice, you’d get a less powerful CPU (freescale vs tegra2).

      if anyone is interested in the lattice (despite its minor flaws) the blog is here:

      Budi: “Based on specifications written on
      PQ version doesn’t have capacitive, multi-touch, etc ?”

      +1 it doesn’t seem to say so anywhere. It should be possible though, since the lattice manages multitouch on the PQ screen.

    • Brian said, on September 18, 2010 at 07:31

      Whoops sorry for the double post, but the lattice is about to make it to the market (according to the blog anyway)

      From reading the blog and following the youtube channel, it should be out by october.

      See? this is why Adam need more videos and pictures!

    • Paul Cloutier said, on September 17, 2010 at 19:53

      I wholeheartedly agree!

    • said, on September 19, 2010 at 05:11

      Here you go guys, I’ve put up a post that compares our handsome Adam with the iPad and the recently launched Galaxy Tab. I must say that the Galaxy Tab does include some nice features, but there is a huge amount of uniqueness when it comes to Adam. I was reading the ‘Weekend Special’ post by Rohan, and it all sounded so nice that how Notion Ink is considering each and every nook and corner to make it a perfect tablet. The 3″ vertical elevation has been embossed so surprisingly in the design that it adds to the glory of the good looking Adam. Anyways, so here you can find the neck-to-neck comparison between the three:-


    • peter said, on September 19, 2010 at 11:38

      thanks 99bits for the sharing of the comparison chart
      but I do have to bring this up that there’s actually quite some amount of incorrect information
      you might wanna double check on each of them again

    • said, on September 20, 2010 at 10:54

      Hi Peter,

      Please let me know the discrepancies and I would try to sort them out. I’d be thankful if you could put them as a comment on my blog post


    • Vikram said, on September 21, 2010 at 00:33

      99bits, thanks for the wonderful post on comparing adam with galaxy tab and ipad. It convinces me even more that adam is they way to go – atleast for me. Though you have highlighted a few good points about galaxy – like screen refresh rate, dpi etc, but I think adam has features good enough to beat galaxy tab at that. HTC is also going to launch its tablet, but rumors say its going to touch $700 price tag. Can’t beat Adam at the price ofcourse.

      Confused guys must read this comparison post by 99bits – it might help you, or confuse you even more :P

  3. Shailesh Mungikar said, on September 14, 2010 at 13:53

    Hi Rohan,

    There is a lot of confusion over access to Android apps market availability to Tablet. Samsung went to ridiculous length as to market the tablet as a smart-phone and retaining certain aspects which do not make sense for a tablet.
    Toshiba threw up its hand.

    Can you clarify what the scenarios if for Adam?

    thanks and regards,

  4. Atul Tiwari said, on September 14, 2010 at 13:54

    Finally heard something from you. always makes me feel better. all the best.

  5. Dan Wade said, on September 14, 2010 at 13:57

    Seems like the big launch day is getting closer!! Keep going and get it over to the UK as soon as you can

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