Quick Update

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.


256 thoughts on “Quick Update

  1. 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..

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. @ 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.

  9. 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 http://notionink.in
    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.

  10. 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!

  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:- http://www.99bits.com/2010/09/adam-vs-ipad-vs-galaxy-tab/


  12. 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

  13. 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


  14. 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

  15. 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,

  16. Wow! pretty good news!

    but,, no update for genesis ?

    I did not received email of acceptance for Genesis.( relations at …)
    Am i rejected ?

  17. It all sounds great!!! Keep the hard work and perfectionism up. I am dreaming of the Adam tablet for xmas. Any info about the price?

  18. To Mr Rohan..

    I hope you are also thinking of providing your genius piece of gadget to people in India who can not afford expensive Ipads…

  19. An open discussion forum would be pretty good and admins there can start a modded official suggestions thread.

    Also, looking forward to lots of photos and updates and an early launch :)

  20. Thank you for this latest update – it does seem like ages since “we” all heard from you.

    I am excited to see images and get further updates – especially on the UI and potential apps that will be available, great news that you are ahead of schedule – especially as this will give more time to be ready for the busy sales period around the holidays.

    I sincerely hope this will be available in France for Christmas.

    Good luck with the FCC !

  21. Great news,
    nice to hear that you can reach your FCC deadline.
    Especially the hardware upates sounds very good!

    Continue to keep us up !

  22. I’m glad you are keeping the initiative to keep the people updated.

    I constantly check this blog even though I have alerts for new posts =) I can’t wait for the Adam!!

  23. Rohan, That’s great. For a while all these news of *pad, galaxy tab and still more *pad were beginning to irritate.
    I WANT MY ADAM with the difference!!!!

    looking forward to more updates.

    Dont forget to make applications for A DOCTOR/SURGEON. I am banking on it and have even laid a bet with my colleague surgeons.

  24. hey its funny you are keeping my comment for moderation.(seeing i am the first to comment). I thought you are without any hang ups. Or m I reading wrong. Bad vibes. Cia wont bother commenting again.

  25. Hi Rohan,

    This all sounds marvelous! Can’t wait for the PQ version!

    Kind regards,

    The Netherlands

  26. Very curious about the sales ratio between the versions offered. I assume the PQ will enjoy a large margin.

  27. Hey Rohan…Great news…things are looking much better with this update…so the realease date will be somewhere in the first quarter of the next year???

  28. Hi Shravan,

    Freash lease of life for me.
    Actually only 2 days back I was going through the blog to see if any new info has come and had to be content reading others comment.

    So when can we expect the next update…Pls make atleast 2 upfdates before 6 Oct announcement.
    Even a simple pep talk kind of update is sufficient like “Battery life more than what we expected”.”Some probs in chassis, solved it using Magnalium alloy chassis”… something like that…Its great and gives us the feeling of our own HW going through different stages…It saves all from frustration involved in waiting for the launch of product.

    One more thing,
    What abt the another cheap platform with LCD, you were saying in older blog.You said the energy consumption is better compared to the current one.Is the work progressing parallely or is it on hold?

    Why don’t you try Qualcomm chipsets( Coretex A8 variant- Snapgragon) for the driving the cost down as Tegra is bit costly. How abt a hypervisor to reduce the cores/chips and ultimately the cost of the hardware.I’t wld be great for an average Indian.something i the range of USD 150-200 will be great. There will be a tablet revolution.


  29. Hey Rohan,

    Seems lot of good news on the way.
    Nice to hear that you are ahead of schedule by 7 days.

    Eagerly waiting for the launch of ADAM.

    Cheers to Notion Ink Team.


  30. I must concede that I would be one of the few that it’s attributing to your site counter by refreshing frantically all these days.

    Magnalium! Now that’s some aircraft-grade material! Would be looking forward for more user-contributed ideas incorporated into the Adam. Thanks for listening to us!

  31. Great news! Thanks for keeping us updated.

    Interesting to hear about the magnalium alloy, I wasn’t aware of this material but Wikipedia had a good description.

    Just a minor correction; you probably meant to say just “1.8-2.4 W”, not “1.8-2.4 W an hour”. Watt is a measure of energy per time (joule per second) so “watts per hour” is not useful as a measure of power consumption.

  32. Awesome, I am really looking for this in the near future to pack all my scientific articles together, perform reviews on the tablet and so on…

  33. Hi,

    Great update! I´m ecstatic to know more about replaceable bateries, it seems you´re building Ed Burnette´s Perfect Android Tablet. The led off button is a very good idea too. I´m waiting to all updates you mentioned.

    And please, please, let us access to the SDK, i want to develop for ADAM as soon as possible.

    Best Regards, Raúl

  34. This is it! I can smell it now… stronger than the Hyderabadi biryani…
    1 week delivery delay from Dell and still 1 week ahead of schedule; thats cool.
    if only Dell delivered them 1 week early? ummmm….

    amazing progress despite all these uncontrollable constraints… keep up the great work Rohan and team

  35. Hey Rohan,
    Great to knwo about all the details and timelines…. All the vert best and we all are awaiting the relese date and just on the edge of our seats …ready to run to the store or book it online as soon as we know ADAM is up for the taking :)

    tc and all the best
    Regards fromt he UAE

  36. Hi, great news, thank you.
    Due to early FCC certification, do you have a release date for your Notion-Ink? And a release date for Europe (France in particular =)?


  37. Whoa, I’ve been wondering where you had disappeared off to :)
    Really excited about the GL accellerated UI, and the Magnalium Chassis.

    And we’re a week early ! Yayy !

  38. buying a new phone for me was long due. and i wanted an android. but i have kept that plan on hold, seeing that adam will be cheaper than a 4-inch smartphone.
    waiting desperately for the device.

    Go ADAM Go!

  39. impressing update. Hope 2 c the images of adam soon. btw pl develop an app for internet radio.

  40. Woohoo! great news.
    Whew! I was worrying due to the lack of updates after having been spoilt by the frequent update rythm. Can’t wait to see the pics and have the battery and other questions answered. =)

  41. Sounds nice. I hope to receive more details of the developer program soon. Didn’t hear anything apart from a short mail saying I would hear more soon…
    Thanks & keep up the good work…

  42. Hi Rohan,

    that’s really good news. Are you planning to start your EAP program now? I have been waiting to hear on this and even if the actual programs start little later, I guess we can start discussing about nitty-gritty of developing applications for ADAM. some initial resources (start-up kit and hell world style start-up applications etc.) would help. I know lots of information on Android based application already available publicly, but information more focussed on Adam would help. Even a developer forum can be a good avenue to start talking about ideas and start working along with your team to ensure that at the end of year we have a comprehensive product.

  43. Dear Rohan

    As i wrote in an earlier comment as well..I would request u to ‘reward’ the geeks for drooling over the Adam by going a bit slow on the media campaigns at launch time

    This will give the geeks like us to savour it before it becomes a rage..which i have no doubts it will

    Hope that makes sense !

    Cant wait to get my Adam..so hurry up plz..he he he

  44. I would love to see something like this happening as well! Some kind of “reward” for the follow up… Maybe a Pre-order option or something like this would be awesome!

  45. Just want to know whether any of the MS office/Open.org or any of the excel , word and PPT works on Adam . In addition to multimedia i am hoping it will be content producer and not only content consumers.

  46. Well, it has been previously mentioned that they’d have their own office suite. As to what formats it will handle and how well we’ll have to wait and see. Though I assume that if they include ODF compatability (format used by Open Office) it will have no problems on that front as it is an open sourced format.

  47. Congrats on running week ahead thats very impressive. REPLACEABLE BATTERIES! Who would have thought that was a good idea? Swing and miss for Steve J. there. Looking forward to pictures. As always keep up the fantastic work and thank you!

  48. Great News Rohan! I am really excited about October when we start seeing the UI and more hardware info!
    My best wishes to your team!

  49. Excitement fills the air here. So good to hear that things seem to be picking up and going great again. Comic book store is brilliant. Expanding and ahead of schedule are both great and exciting things. We support everything you are doing here in Alabama. We believe in notion ink. Hope things keep going well and can’t wait to take one of these everywhere I go.

  50. Hi Rohan,

    thanks for the short update and I’m looking forward your next post :-)
    And it’s nice to heard, that you will have the FCC one week earlier.

    Please go ahead, you are on the right way :-)

    Kind regards

  51. I am really looking forward to seeing the pictures, and the big announcements in October. Hopefully, I can get my hands on an Adam by the end of the year.

  52. Yes please open the blog so we can at least talk to one another.
    Thanks for the update. I’m hoping, reading between the lines, that all the info you talk about releasing will be coming out in Oct? All the best and keep up the hard work and dedication.

  53. Also this was posted on CNET on Sept 10 2010:

    Can you tell us if any of this concern about Android 2.2 running on the adam and will the android market work on the adam as well?

    Probably the biggest splash at the IFA electronics show came from the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, an Android-based device the company positioned as a strong Apple iPad competitor.

    (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
    Though Android tablets have already begun popping up, Google says its mobile operating system is not quite ready for that purpose.

    TechRadar quoted Hugo Barra, Google’s director of mobile products, on Friday saying “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets.” Froyo is the name for Android’s current version of the operating system, version 2.2.

    And that’s despite the latest round of tablets featuring Android shown at IFA Berlin last week. Android Market, the place for Android users to buy apps, won’t work properly on tablets, he said.

    “If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.” But it’s been hinted that future versions will be.

    That might explain why the Android tablets already for sale are curiously smartphone-like.

    The Dell Streak, which debuted in the U.K. and the U.S. this summer, is a perfect example. While Dell calls it a tablet, it has a 5-inch screen, which is closer in size to a smartphone than an iPad, has voice calling as a feature, and is sold through carriers.

    The Galaxy Tab from Samsung, which runs Froyo and was warmly received at IFA, is a bit larger at 7 inches, but also allows phone calls and will be available through carriers.

    And Samsung is already advertising that the device will be upgradable to Android 3.0, called Gingerbread. But the following build of the Android operating system, Honeycomb, won’t be available for the first Galaxy Tab models, according to Samsung. There will be new hardware to support that.

    “Since we emphasized portability and mobility, our determination was to apply smartphone platform instead of tablet platform,” W.P. Hong, director of mobile products for Samsung, said last week. “Honeycomb will be implemented in our next-generation tablet, not this device, because that [Honeycomb] is specifically optimized for a different type of tablet. This emphasizes mobility.”

    So while the iPad competitors have started to come forward, the real rivals for Apple’s current dominance in touch-screen tablets won’t appear until early next year once Android 3.0, or Gingerbread, is available

    Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20016085-260.html#ixzz0zVNsngX3

  54. Yeah, sounds great so far. Do you consider just the regular mainstream comics (Marvel etc.) or Independents too ? Like to recommend you Zenescope (http://zenescope.com/home.htm) and they’re series. Guess you will like them too :)

    Furthermore, are you planning a way to integrate Web-Comics ? Now adays they are a good way for talentated artist to show their abilities and reach a international audience. An example would be No Need for Bushido (http://noneedforbushido.com/) ^^

    Did you finalized the eBook functions ? Was really impressed as a saw your old thoughts about turning the pages just through a G-sensor by moving the Adam (source: http://www.slashgear.com/notion-ink-adam-hands-on-0969281/). Would be good to know if it allready works smoothly :)

  55. I would also like to vote for more alternative lines like Image and Vertigo. And of course one of my favorite comic makers: Slave Labor Graphics. Most of their comics are black and white though a few are actually in colour (“I Fell Sick” being one of them).

  56. Will we get it for Christmass ?? ;/
    Just give me the hardware :) I can update software everyday if software bugs is an issue ;)

  57. First Post?

    Anyway, thanks on the update. Best of luck, especially with competing against all these new tablets.

  58. If u think you can USE an IPad, think again, maybe you can just do without it … Adam is the strat of a new species. So if you waited for Adam, you wont have an alternative maybe till next year :)

  59. Thanks for the update Rohan! Sounds like Adam is getting closer to release; and 7 days ahead of schedule too! Just what us eager consumers want to hear :)

  60. Hi, Rohan, I’m 15 years of age and really excited about the adam. I just bought an ipad because of the wonderful app store and the diversity of it. I really want to get the adam because i know its hardware is going to be better than the ipad and i’m excited about that, but will I eventually get an app store with innovative apps that allow me to do the things like handwriting recognition, music creation, news? Just curious how the Genesis program will work out…. Please let me know your thoughts, i’d love to know.

  61. * Did you create ADAM, I mean did manufacture process start ?.

    * Monitor power switch, yup its a missing option in laptops.

    * Expecting stripped down Mozilla HTML browser on ADAM.

    * May be Dell Laptops were struck in Bangalore Traffic.

  62. My girlfriend and me were talking about tablets. She thought the concept of tablets were a great thing and especially if they replace textbooks and notebooks all together. The first thing couple of things she wanted out of a tablet are

    1. great battery life
    2. great UI interface
    3. great integration with our daily life (meaning apps – app for note taking, app for drawing, app for reading pdfs, etc)

    i showed her your website and the technical spreadsheet and she love your Adam! And she was impressed with PQ video demos on youtube. I cannot say how eager we’re both are to see this product to come to life.

  63. I wanna know this too, any stylus support ?
    Please let it be there, the ability to take notes with a stylus will be the only reason i’ll buy Adam.

  64. I second that. Please let there be stylus-support.

    I dont’t get it.

    Why dont’t people realise stylus is the perfect UI-input for most creative work. I am not saying the main UI-navigation in the OS itself should be stylus driven, for that touch is much more optimize.

    However on an APPLEVEL, where the various creative tasks takes place, drawing, notetaking etc, stylussupport is a must. At least if you are serious about letting the users creativity loose. As opposed to the Ipad who is just for consuming.

    I think the Apple view (i.e. if your system use a stylus, you have failed) has led people to overlook the power of stylus. Big mistake. In my mind this is where the future is.

    So please Adam, you seem to be doing everything rigth so far – deliver on this. Please.

  65. Hi Rohan… After the long incubation period, it is great to see that your baby Adam is about to come into the world for everyone to see, play with and use. Giving the user manual control over the screen power was a brilliant move; do you envisage providing manual control over volume? Re battery life, it is better to understate how long it will last and to let reviewer etc discover just how long the Adam can run on battery. Replaceable batteries that are easy to obtain and easy to change by the consumer would be great. Re testing and quality assuring the Adam, please consider inviting a group of kids from your own neighborhood and watch them and listen to them play use the Adam – for the comments you get will be real and free from adult bias. Re multimedia usage of the Adam, could you release to us commenters information about the format of video audio files that the software can play “as-is” on the Adam .

    I hope you will allow PAYPAL payment as an option on your online store as it’s use is increasingly being accepted as a safer way to buy on the Internet.

    The Adam has a distinct cool look which is great. I am looking forward to buying and using my own Adam here in Canberra Australia.

  66. This kind of statements are unhelpful, and amount to nothing. We all know the might and talent of Steve Jobs – don’t even go there. Don’t forget, people copy and follow his products – it is never the other way around. Let Adam as a product speak for itself. This world is still a level playing field, providing for a fair platform for Adam to compete. If it is a good product, it will do well. Good luck to Adam, though.

  67. Thank you for the update!

    Still crossing my fingers that we will be able to purchase by the holidays in the united states. Also hoping many of the game developers that have been supporting Apple make the switch over to Android to fill up the marketplace. Android is picking up steam, so hoping the developers note this.

    Would be nice to see Gameloft, Capcom, EA and other game developers support Android a bit more heavily. The App store battle is an important win currently for Apple and would *LOVE* to see that change!

    Keep up the GREAT work NotionInk! You have ALL of our support and faith!

  68. Replaceable batteries, GL accelerated UI ! I like the sound of that.

    I’m glad to see things going well on (ahead of) schedule for you guys. Congratulation!

    I really look forward for some images an more details on the SDK. Looks like it will be an awesome development platform.

    Thanks for the update, makes waiting supportable.

    With all the people drooling over the Adam, you better make it waterproof too or it’s gonna shortcut on first use ;).

  69. Awesome news. I am eagerly awaitng the Adam. It’s the only thing I want for Christmas, my birthday and any other excuse I can find. Very pleased to see progress is being made. Good luck!

  70. awesome am i interpreting it wrong or you will be really launching a comic store?? If yes i would love to see chacha chaudhri Naagraj comics :D :D

  71. I was forced to purchase an Iphone for my medschool requirements. I have always hated apple and iphones but had never used one. My first impression was wow, the user interface is very friendly and it does everything for you as far as configurations of wifi networks and everything else…

    As I spent more time with it I became VERY frustrated. Now my impressions in wow… it does everything for you because it locks you out of everything and you have no control. It doesn’t let you customize anything without forcing you to pay for it- no themes, no ringtones, no nothing unless you buy it from itunes… This thing sux royally. I am limited to the number of computers I can use to access it and not everything works perfectly with a PC running windows. Every time I update the software- apps get dropped and the phone becomes more glitchy… As soon as the adam releases I am selling this Iphone 3gs on ebay to all those ignorant people who don’t know how to do anyhthing for themselves on a smartphone. Give me customization! or give me death!
    – an eager med student awaiting the ADAM!

  72. The more I hear from you, the more excited I am to see the finished product and start developing for it. Can’t wait!

  73. “FCC certifications a week earlier than scheduled ”

    Kudos to you and your team. So does it mean end of Oct? and if the FCC certifications get done in Nov, can we expect the release date to be in Dec?

  74. Still waiting for Adam, angry, but still waiting! The comic book store is amazing! And the button to switch the light off in Pixel Qi is more than necessary! Switch off and transforms it in a ebook reader! Don’t forget the ebook’s store! And the free classics!

    Did you and Pixel Qi think about an A4 size tablet/screen? It will be very good for magazines! And not widescreen! For reading it is not so good. If it exist I buy both, Adam and this.

    And think two times before open the comments! Hacker’s could atack the blog! I think open a forum is a better alternative!

  75. >> Did you and Pixel Qi think about an A4 size tablet/screen? It will be very good for magazines! And not widescreen! For reading it is not so good.
    YES! I would like to second that. While Apple is using a 1.5 : 1 ratio (or something in that range) for the iPhone and iPad which I believe is a bit too square-shaped, the rest of the world uses widescreens which to my eye are too unproportional. I don’t know whether the A4 format is popular in India. The A4 format dictates an exact size of 210 × 297 millimeters, so it might not be the best term to use for expressing the wish for a different aspect ratio. It is the special length to width ratio that is used by the DIN-A formats that make these formats so special.

    The ratio is sqrt(2) : 1 which is the only ratio that satisfies a very desireable requirement:
    the ratio width : height is equal to the ratio height/2 : width which means that the screen, if put in landscape orientation can hold exactly two sub-screens with equal ratio in portrait mode.
    Perhaps the DIN-A ratios are not perfect for any application and therefore, it might be best to use an aspect ratio that lies somewhere between DIN-A and widescreen:

    16 : 12 = 1,3p ( 4:3 )
    16 : 11,31.. = 1,4142 ( DIN A == sqrt(2) : 1 )
    16 : 11 = 1,45p
    16 : 10,6p = 1,5 ( iPhone )
    16 : 10 = 1,6
    16 : 9 = 1,7p

    Looking at these ratios, it hits me that the iPhone aspect ratio which to mee already seems to be too square-like is still less square-like than the DIN A formats which is strange – (am I making a mistake here?). So, perhaps the best ratio would be somewhere between 16:9 widescreen and the 1.5 : 1 iPhone ratio, perhaps 16:10.

    Having a little more height than required for the subfitting of portrait pages inside a landscape page might even be desireable for putting UI elements in the leftover space that always remain visable, like status bar, navigation buttons or app-switcher. On Android, it ails me a lot, that app switching requires so much user interaction and I would like to have a steady on-screen app-switcher in the lower 20-pixel ribbon of my phone screen for fast app switching.

    Anyways, it would be very very interesting to get some insight on what is possible on the manufacturer side. Did you guys at Notion Ink ever deliberate on possible aspect ratios? I guess that it would be rather difficult to get a display manufacturer to produce a special aspect ratio and to adapt the display drivers and software stack as well.
    Perhaps such a move would have to be initiated by Google. In any case, my personal taste is that the current widescreen ratios are not perfect for most use-cases of tablet and phone apps.

  76. Thank you for the explanations wtff! widescreen isn’t so good, Ipad is square like, but I still preffer this size compared to widescreen, to reading of course. But I want a bigger tablet too, one small like Adam, and one bigger, to read magazines, and a bigger keyboard in the screen, it will be better to work too, with Pixel Qi, of course.

    I said A4, because here in Brazil is the common format, I really forgot that in the world is normal to use others formats, like the Legal size paper.

  77. As a KindleDX owner who mostly reads A4 and letter size pdfs with often small fonts, I think 10″ is a reasonable compromise. Note that current pdf viewers cut away the white borders. Otherwise 10″ would be a bit too small for this use case.

    The KindleDX is already quite large for a small reader that you take everywhere. A larger device, especially a full-blown tablet with big battery, will be even more difficult to hold comfortably over multiple hours.

    I also don’t see why the aspect ratio matters that much. Of course it would be nice to have it optimal, but since the white borders are cut anyhow the resulting aspect ratio varies a lot.

    Most other stuff is in A5 or similar or available in a more dynamic format. A5 pdf is still comfortable on the KindleDX, I would certainly not recommend to switch to a two-page view here.

    Regarding the App switcher, I don’t think this is hard to solve. Typical gestures will probably not involve the edges of the screen and a window switcher seems important enough to get a dedicated corner for an otherwise invisible popup menu.

  78. Also a 10″ screen is basically the same size as a trade paperback, which is quite comfortable to read. As to the aspect ratio it also depends on how it is used, i.e. if you like letter paper ratio then imagine most of the screen taken up by it but then in the bottom part of the reader the leftover space being used for a built-in dictionary/translator/note app depending on your needs. I am not saying that an app like that exists, but if one did it’d be a good use of the extra length from a 16:9 ratio screen.

  79. Ah, When I say hacker’s I want to say cracker’s or something like, trying to overthrow the blog.

  80. I can’t wait for this to come out my $450 for the PQi model sans 3g is waiting. I really can’t wait I am really hoping you meet, exceed or get near your ambitious battery life announcement. Is there any plans to have an option to boot into Ubuntu netbook remix, I’d really like to have some linux apps available as an option.

  81. Rohan,
    Congrats on the progress! I must admit that I became a little worried due to the radio silence. Just a question: is it an on/off switch or will we be able to tune the background lighting to our needs? A discussion on makershed.com suggests that this could be important for e-reading indoors:

    If the ambient light is too low to comfortably read the screen in reflective mode I turn on the backlight of the screen until the contrast is just right again thus the screen is now in transflective mode, i.e. the light perceived is part reflective from ambient light and part transmissive from the LED’s in the screen.
    Transflective mode has different stages to it depending on how much ambient light you are able to reflect off the screen and how much you have cranked up the backlighting.

    Best regards, Aad

  82. Well, back in their CES interviews they mentioned that they would have that function and they also have an “ambient light sensing” sensor listed in the specs which, though it could be used for the camera, its most likely function will be for the Pixel Qi screen settings.

  83. In that comic shop you should have a whole section of comics dedicated to the PQi mode just some decent B&W comics that can be read in Pixel Qi mode, ones that come to mind are Scott Pilgrim, Essex County, Bone, Rasl, Strangers in Paradise, Walking Dead, and Echo.

  84. Rohan,

    I second Jess’s comment about checking to see if a flavor of Ubuntu (10.10 seems to have good touch screen support) would be bootable. In any case, if I buy an Adam, I’ll be trying it myself. I wonder what your BIOS is like?

    Also, any feelings about Archos getting their 9″ Windows tablet out a year ago, then upgrading it and releasing that months ago, now they are going to beat you out with a whole line of tablets. Very competitive. Their 10″ is not quite as impressive, but it only cost $300, and yet again beat you to market.

    I told you from the beginning that waiting for Christmas wasn’t a good idea for a start-up company. Send me a EAP unit and I’ll spread the word all around Texas. ;)

  85. Rohan’s answer earlier in an interview to a similar question about Ubuntu was: ‘ask the hackers’

  86. Hey, I love you guys. Anxiously awaiting the release.

    I just started tutoring my friend in Algebra 2 and she’s gonna get into graphs soon, do you know if this will have a good graphing app? That would be awesome, like something out of a movie, if this could be used for advanced mathematics.

    I don’t know what the student discount I read about will be, but I might actually just buy two or three of these things for me, my mom, and the girl I’m tutoring.

    Will this thing be able to download torrent files?

    I go to one college, my mom goes to Portland State University, and the girl I tutor has a billion friends, so between the three of us I’m hoping we can get at LEAST 100 others to buy these things.

    I’m sad it got changed to a micro SD reader because my camera is SD, but I can use a USB adapter I guess.

    Will you be able to make a Bible app for this that isn’t internet based like the ones currently available for android devices? If so, this could be extremely useful for churches.

    With the addition of GPS opposed to A-GPS, will we be able to have maps on the device’s memory that aren’t run over the network? If not from google, will you develop your own map application that can?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I only have one more right now. I like apple’s bluetooth keyboards a lot (not their company, just their keyboards) because they’re very thin and durable, will this have support for those?

    Thanks for any reply I get, and if none that’s cool, I understand you are busy creating the greatest product in history.

    As always, rootin for you till the end, prayin you can release it before Christmas :D

  87. I don’t know if any apps support them but there are open source maps available. I have an app on my Windows HTC Touch Pro2 phone which uses them (No booing from the Android lovers, Android was barely on its first legs when I got it and it’s still a nice phone, plus, the Adam will fill my Android requirements ;). Surely one of the devs can create an app that uses them if there isn’t one already available. And I totally understand your desire for these as more and more carriers place caps on their data plans.

  88. The nice folks from the Openmoko community (http://openmoko.org) have been putting together a whole load of applications on the Openmoko, QT, Debian and Android-based releases. Of course, the Freerunner phone is based on a Samsung 2442 SoC @ 400 MHz, so a lot of porting effort may be needed, but the source is available.

    Developers should look at the applications library there, which includes GPS apps, games, general utilities etc. You might also be able to attract some of the Openmoko community members to Genesis, especially if the hardware specifications are easily accessible and licensing terms aren’t too restrictive.

  89. Nishit, the Samsung SoC shouldn’t be the issue as the CPU would be ARM architecture so things should in general run without too much of a hitch considering how much more powerful and versatile the Tegra2 is. The issue would be more the OSs and things like screen res (and although upscaling might be fine with many apps it matters a great detail with map apps where you want as much detail as possible).

  90. > I’m sad it got changed to a micro SD reader because my camera is SD,
    > but I can use a USB adapter I guess.

    Don’t. Buy a new microSD card instead.

    The adapter for micro->SD is cheap and often included. You want more memory for your new tablet anyhow. And there are very nice usb cardreaders for microSD, in the shape of a small USB stick. Buy a second microSD card while you’re at it and test read/write performance at home.

    microSD is a good decision. Just ship it with some kind of cover to keep the chewing gum out of the slot…

  91. Actually, though I won’t complain about microSD, SD is somewhat more useful. I can’t imagine space being so restricted on a tablet that an SD won’t fit so it’s better as microSD can be used in SD though not the other way around. Also SD cards are cheaper than microSD.

  92. Lot of people have asked this.

    What is the confusion about

    1) Android compatibility for tablets
    2) Availability of Market for tablets

    or are you going to ship directly with Android 3.0

  93. From the very beginning they said they won’t have access to the android marketplace and that they will be creating their own. And an earlier post said they won’t be shipping with 3.0 but it does have the specs to later upgrade the firmware to 3.0.

    Read some previous posts before getting whiney with your questions.

  94. Dang, that almost move this tablet of my list. Although, I’ll wait to see their market.

    If it is Google that is limiting the android market to only cell network device they are really screwing over those that only care for a wifi device. Maybe they really don’t want android on tablets (as they mentioned) and thus shun the option. Perhaps they are hoping to push people getting a device with the Chrome OS and use whatever market it will come with.

    At any rate, not having access to the android market stinks. I don’t care if the apps were not specifically made for the larger device, I want options, not limitations.

  95. And don’t forget that unless the maker blocks the option apps can be sideloaded on android devices. Or in other words, you can buy apps from the other android app stores available, download to your device and install it. And considering the mentality we have seen from Rojan and NI I severely doubt that they’d block this feature (maybe warn against possible incompatabilities due to screen res, etc. but always leaving it up to the consumer). This means that a decent number of apps should be available no matter what.

    Genesis will just make it easier by providing apps specifically designed to take advantage of the Adam’s capabilities and the deals they’ve made (be it the GPU acceleration for the interface) as well as the varied media they’ll have available (comic books, novels, etc.)

  96. The story about Adam on SlashGear has this bit though:

    “Meanwhile there’ll be Android Market access”

  97. It’s great to hear something from your side! I was getting anxious without any update.
    Still hoping for a November release (I know that’s really hard) or December.
    Please share those pictures you mention!
    Also I really want to look how will be the design of the UI, I guess we will have to wait at least to the next month, but I just wanted to express that as you have said HW alone won’t just be enough, specially now that Google themselves have said that Android was not meant to be on tablets, but I still disagree, specially with all your efforts with Genesis and the custom UI.
    In general thanks again for the quick update, I’m really looking forward to hear anything from Notion Ink and the long waited Adam (Hopefully with some pics or videos).

    Keep up the good work NI!

  98. I have decided to not buy any overprized (in India) PC/Laptop crap anymore for my businesses. I want tablets. Have a dream of every body running around with their tablets doing work so much more efficient and way cooler. Chat, Skype, meet clients, etc etc. Tablets are just the right thing!

    and 1 tablet has been already promised to a german client… nono to IPad gogo Adam!

  99. WOW!!!! I like the screen switchoff mode and replaceable battery. Hope this means we dont need to ship the ADAM back to you when the battery needs replacement!! :-D This would be really great!! Thanks a lot for these updates. Waiting for the latest images and latest handson, and finally ADAM release date!!

  100. Boxee just announced they’re dropping the Tegra2 chipset for Intel’s CE4100 because the Tegra2 couldn’t handle H.264 decoding. Your thoughts?

  101. I would like to hear the NI perspective about this as well… As soon as I saw that news I review the specs of the Tegra2 again directly from the NVidia website and it does states that it supports “1080p H.264/VC-1/MPEG-4 Video Decode” but I’m guessing that the rest of the HW and the CPU usage may create a different experience with the Chipset.

  102. Hi Rohan,

    So very excited about the progress of the adam. I dont know how many people are like me but when I cant have something, I RESEARCH! cant wait until pre-order is available with a handy “sneak peek” book to hold us early adopters over until it ships! (hint hint)

    Good luck and please hurry lol


  103. I’m excited about it too…. I sent an email 2-3 days ago. But you didn’t reply – probably because you get littered with such email (about price and market release date).

    Anyway, since you’ve mentioned Dell, I remebered the rpoblem with it’s XPS m1330 laptop [with the Nvida GPU]. Mainly because of very bad heat management [they don’t even use copper between the heating exhaustion thread and cpu and the GPU]. So I hope you’ve tested those thing rigorously so that we don’t have to suffer from the same problem.



  104. I’m excited about it too…. I sent an email 2-3 days ago. But you didn’t reply – probably because you get littered with such email (about price and market release date).

    Anyway, since you’ve mentioned Dell, I remember the problem with its XPS M1330 laptop [with the NVIDIA GPU]. Mainly because of very bad heat management [they don’t even use copper between the heating exhaustion thread and CPU and the GPU]. So I hope you’ve tested those thing rigorously so that we don’t have to suffer from the same problem.



  105. finally. i was getting worried. no updates for like 2 weeks!

    Replaceable batteries!! i have like four batteries four my laptop so i can use it all the time. that is such a great idea.

    how about some calvin and hobbes in that comic store?

    cant wait for the pics! thanks for everything.

  106. I can’t wait to get my hands on an Adam. I love my Amazon Kindle, but I look forward to a device that can replace it. Pixel Qi tech will give me this and the Adam looks to be the best choice.

  107. Well, it’s good news. What I am waiting for are not news but the device itself. I would really love to order it, but I need so see some reviews first. Please, send it to some good online sites as soon as you have the final version.

  108. Rohan,

    Great job.. keep it up.. When you say October is it the first week or last day of October…
    please try to give all of us an update by 7th october (after the crossing of your milestone on October 6)


  109. Hey you are releasing this ONLY in US, well we in India want one too!

    Hope you announce a release date for us as well. Getting it reverse ordered from US would be hassle, right?


  110. Im very interested in knowing if Adam will be shipped or upgradeable to Android 3.0 (gingerbread).
    That feature might be a deal breaker depending on what google decide to do…

  111. My question is will they be locking this device down? I would like to have the ability to put any OS on it without waiting for the geniuses at XDA-Developers to root the device. Doing this allows me to buy the Adam without worry. With devices from start-ups you have to worry that it won’t sell well and you will be left with an unsupported piece of junk.

    NOTION INK don’t lock this device down. Give us all the ability to put any OS we want on it. This will make your device more popular than anything you could do in house. It will also allow us to put Android Market on the device on our own.

  112. Well, in an interview they talked about Ubuntu and they said that it would be up to the developers/hackers (don’t remember the exact wording) but that they would not stand in their way (which I take to mean they won’t be locking it down).

  113. for all the arrogance of big electronic players like Apple, I really wish Notion Ink is very very successful, when it comes to market performance. I used have a Samsung Captivate which my 1 yr baby loved to play with. I am already dreaming up .. of my daughter learning/playing away on Adam:

    Will there be screen lock modes that lock the screen to whatever is going on, with screen on or off?

    Will my daughter be able to hold something like a pencil to write out her notion with your ink? … or rather her alphabets and numbers :)

    I am sure the sturdy body of Adam will not sound a soft ‘creek’, when my daughter shuffles with it … like the old squeaky-bodied Dell laptops :) I hope Adam will have solid body that withstands dropping and scratches

    Video calling over wifi/3G (oh god, it is still not very common after dreaming of it all these years)

    I dream that the sound from Adam speakers will be magic(most of the smart phones suck at this … 6 years Sony Ericsson phones do a lot better)

    I wish I have VOIP calling, so that with some tweeks, i can use it as a home desk phone(without burning cell phone minutes)

    Adam, please upset the cart that says ‘Apple App market to hit $17.5 billion by 2012’. You, as true product of the masses, deserve to be up there… go and fondle the market to glory..

    Will we be able to actually any android development within Adam itself? I am now expecting myself using Terminal Service apps to logon to workstations at home and work.

    I will be searching for some way of using Adam portably as a car DVD player for the rear seaters.

    I wish the charging jack/socket of Adam is as robust as Mac

    I dream that something good/spiritual will come out of Adam, in many unknown ways …..

    I really think you guys are inspired by Gandhi or maybe by thoughts that are similar to his ..
    “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so”

  114. > I wish the charging jack/socket of Adam is as robust as Mac

    Very good point. Not only does the Apple thing keep out any dirt and is almost indestructable, it also doesn’t destroy the cable or device when someone trips over the cable. But Apple probably patented their thing and its probably to late for such changes anyway.

  115. With notion Ink its the first time end users like me can actually speak to a product chief and watch a product develop in front of us. All of us geeks have had enough exposure to trillions of blogs related to apple, samsung, sony, toshiba, nokia etc all the big boys. It now feels great to root for a underdog upstart. It shows that people still love a david vs goliath fight and support david.
    All the best Shravan. You must be working very hard and under tremendous stress to deliver urgently. Please take care of your health and mental fitness. We need you around and healthy for a long long time :-)

  116. Great stuff.. i wish there was some way in which i could support:(
    btw.. i didnt get it when you said “watt an hour”

  117. I’ve been reading a lot about Notion Ink today and man you guys know how to sell it ;) You involve us with your developments, and you at least give us the idea that what we say does matter. It’s a huge breath of fresh air.
    I’ll sure keep track on Notion Ink and wish you the best of luck for the future. Hope to see your device soon!

  118. My intention was to buy an IPad but after doing some research on the Internet I can’t wait to get the Notion Ink Adam in my hands.

    Keep up the good job!

  119. Hey rohan I’m eagerly waiting for ADAM.
    I’m daily travelling 2 hours for office. (JP Nagar to ITPL.Bangalore :
    Total 4 hours up and down).
    I want to spend that time usefully. I have lot of video tutorials and study materials, but using the laptop on the bus feels awkward. Tablet will perfectly feel good to hold and read.
    Recently I bought the iPod touch, but I’m not much impressed. For first few weeks I was psyched, then I realized what makes it feel good is its kinematic input response. Apart from that it’s just normal touch screen device. Try to take some notes while watching the video tutorial, then you’ll understand how much irritating it is. You cannot resize or easily switch between the applications. No shortcut for launching the applications. If you want to calculate something while reading, you have switch to calculator. Worst part is either you have to memorize all the numbers or note it down on the paper. I loaded 25 gb out of 32 gb on the device. Then applications started to hang, and scrolling is not smooth anymore, it sucks. The battery life also not good. I need to charge it in office and home. Typing the text and editing also difficult without the shift key and arrow keys, looks like I have to slice my finger and sharpen it for accurate selection. If i use the iPod for anything apart from listening music/audio-books my irritation level goes up. I feel, as iPad is actually oversized iPod touch, no-one who want to use it for serious study shouldn’t buy it.
    and also I feel their accessories are overpriced.
    I bought iPod from US through my friend and the accessories from Bangalore.
    32 gb US price = 14,000 INR
    Screen Protector = 600 INR (for a plastic paper??)
    AC Charger = 1,500 INR
    After buying these 2 accessories I gave up the idea of buying any more. I don’t bother if the metallic body gets scratch or anything.

    In ADAM you are promising the multi tasking, make sure we can resize the application and see multiple applications at the same time, and also make it easy to switch between the applications like using alt-tab keys on windows. Give us some default spreadsheet application for calulations. Does it support standard external keyboard? A Bluetooth earphone will be very nice. The earphone wire is really distracting many times, and I’m really tired of coiling up the card after every use. Please make it feel more natural/intuitive to use.

  120. i’m no Rohan Shravan, but i understand what you’re saying and where you’re getting at. But in Android’s current forum, multi-tasking is still basic. Yes you can switch between apps without having restarting, but i doubt we’ll see resizing applications on Adam’s 10” screen any time soon. Perhaps in Android 3.0 Gingerbread, but who knows what Google has up their sleeves or whether Notion Ink will release an update for 3.0 Android.

    Switching between applications with android phones is usually done by long hold with the “Home Key”.

    AND YES, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is a must!

    On a side note, I’m very worried that Notion Ink will not have access to the Android Market. i love many of the apps they have, especially many of the Google’s Apps

  121. “AND YES, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is a must! ”
    or more correctly
    the ability to open files created by people who still dont have open format files, don’t have open free software like openoffice.org to do their word processing.

    What Adam needs is a version of openoffice that uses slightly less processing power than the full app. As openoffice is open, I am sure versions without bloat features are soon to be available, as androidly apps start the merge with full linux apps.

    The future is open and free, Adam wants to be free too. Free as in speech, though we appreciate cheap as in beer.

    Continued good luck NI, and hurry.

  122. It’s me again… the average mom… I have a suggestion that I think MIGHT alleviate some of the frustration you might sense from the comments that you read here. Perhaps someone on your team could take upon themselves the task of creating a “frequently asked questions” section for the website. They could go back through all the comments to your last several posts, and pull out many of the questions that have been asked on a repeated basis. Granted, some of them you won’t have an exact answer for (i.e. an exact release date). But for many of them, at THIS stage of the game, you should definitely have some answers – answers that just might persuade many of us that are on the fence that the Adam is, indeed, gonna be well worth the wait.

    Please seriously consider this… it could well be a fairly inexpensive, very effective marketing tool on your website, and it would be a HUGE help to your potential customers.

  123. I also agree, that this kind of FAQ would be helpful. But taking someone off from their job and assigning to FAQ creation, would be missuse of manpower.
    I would do it myself, but unfortunatellely even i don’t have time for that. But I’m sure, that there are ADAM fans out there, that have spare time to compile FAQ from this blog and also look for answers that have been given here. (simplest might be release date and price estimates but also gps and not agps, 802.11n, backside touchpad etc)

  124. Actually, it could very well be an excellent use of manpower, for the benefit that it would provide to potential customers. Also, it would HAVE to be somebody on the team that KNOWS THE ANSWERS to the many questions that have been asked here by devoted Adam followers – not the questions that are fairly easily answered from the specs page that most Adam fans are already very familiar with. It’s the questions that so far, NOBODY besides the Adam team would know the answers to!! That keep getting asked over and over and over with no response of any sort!!

    Yes, a most excellent use of manpower, indeed!! It wouldn’t take THAT long to accomplish the initial task, and then it could be updated on a regular (weekly?) basis as more answers become available.

    Right now, there just seem to be too many unanswered questions for some of us to stay committed….

  125. “Lita the average mom”-
    I do agree your thoughtful suggestion. I Also supported your previous thought put on this forum.

  126. I think for ADAM no market hype is required because the product itself speaks. I wish you all the best. Please book 3 ADAMs for me :), I am not buying any notepad because I want only ADAM…I can wait for it…

  127. What about a larger Tablet that also folded in half. It could fit into a lab coat or blazer side pocket. You can fold it completely out to have one huge screen or you can leave it halfway open to use one side as a screen and the other as a touch screen keyboard. That would be cool. Sort of like a big nintendo DS but the screen would take up the entire inside of both halfs and could become one huge screen when opened fully.

  128. When you bring this device to US, please remember to use all the carrier frequencies; making it network agnostic. Currently, there are no Tablets that work on T-Mobile 3G frequencies. It would be really sweet if Adam can do T-Mobile AND AT&T. 1700/2100 for TMobile and 850/1900/2100 for AT&T. Can you tell us which radio frequencies you will be supporting? I hope all of the above. Otherwise you will end up loosing major part of the customer base. Adding all frequencies may push the cost higher by a few tens of dollars, but it is a worthwhile addition. I hope you will consider this seriously.

  129. I agree, many of us in the US are getting disgusted with ATT changing policies all the time and they no longer have an unlimited data plan. Opening this up would put you at a great advantage against Ipad as they are only compatible with ATT and as soon as they released, ATT cut their unlimited data plans. Please, please make it compatible with other carriers like Tmobile and Verizon

  130. YES please!!! I love T-Mobile so much that I won’t use a device that doesn’t work with their high speed network. As much as I want an Adam, I will forgo it if it doesn’t work with T-Mobile.

  131. You guys continue to impress me with your openness and I am happy to say that we are still very happily working on android games that will be “best played on Adam.”

    Can’t wait for Genesis! ;) Keep up the good work guys!

    Thanks for the update

  132. You … are … the … best.

    Not only that you *communicate* with the people and keep up the information flow on the adam but now you even tell us you are *ahead* of your orginial time schedule. I do have no idea when that happened to me the last time. (I am just thinking of the WePad desaster)

    One simple question: As I want ot get the Adam as soon as possible I will likely import it from USA to Germany as soon as it’s out. *If* there will be some german version of the software someday, will I be able to flash it? Or will I run into problems?

    Thanks & all the best to you!!! :)

  133. Been saving my nickles and dimes ever since I first heard about the Adam. Is there any waiting list I could sign up for? I have a feeling the first batches of Adam will sold out before they can build more.

  134. Personal touch is what I have always liked about Notion. Hope you don’t lose sight of it after your eventual rise to great heights.

    All the best.

  135. I plan on using this as my “away” tablet. Since there is an initiative by LogMeIn and Android to work as seamlessly as LogMeIn works with the Ipad, I will be using this capability to use Office and other programs that are not yet available in this tablet.

    I saw that someone posted if there was a way to use Office and in my opinion, yes, but only via another computer and LogMeIn…

  136. Rohan –

    Eagerly waiting for ADAM ! . I do not see any buzz about this in USA . I showed your website to atleast 40 of my friend in past few months .

    I hope you put good pictures of it along with good videos of the actual product soon . Some videos on youtube that you have from conference etc are not good .

    Basic software that you should have before you are launching this product in USA .

    1. Netflix Streaming
    2. DLNA steaming application .

    Good luck !!

  137. Dear Rohan , i so pleased to see smooth progession to final launch. All the best . But i again want to remind about festive season in India i.e. From navratri to deepawali, that will be best and pious time to launch it in India.

  138. Nope: Just bad wriitng,,,
    The article itself saysm as if taken from this update, because it probably was:
    And now we’ve got word that the tablet has managed to make its way to the FCC, and start its rigorous coursework to get passed. And, that’s not all of the good news, either.

    The headline should read :
    “Notionink’s Adam passes through to FCC testing…”\
    or something like. Its a typo, purposeful or not.

  139. You’re right CANADAwaits. Though the article says the news comes via Crunchgear. Though I like slashgear. Crunchgear was a bit more responsible and posted a direct quote from this blog “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.”
    This, according to the info available, means that the FCC doesn’t have it yet but will in November in the first week rather than the second if all continues according to plan. Then it’s up to the FCC process as to when it will be out.

  140. hmm I am placed in melbourne as well and I feel there is a potential market here and some serious marketing should be undertaken for promotion.

    And even at home in India not many people know about this,so this might be something to peep into for notion ink

    well I been following Adam quite religiously and letting my friends know as well.

    looking forward to revolution
    best wishes

  141. Thanks for the update looking forward to more :-) I was just thinking as well, it might be a nice idea to reward your blog followers in some way (not suggesting freebies especially since you’re a startup and you’ll have enough of the tech sites begging anyway) like an early/preferential purchase list or Adams autographed by your team or a special true believers colour option.

  142. I’m really looking forward to this. I hope it makes it out to Canada at the same time as, or not far behind, the US release. I can see myself making a lot of programs and applets for this just see how much I can take advantage of it. As a joint Computer Science and Business student, it would have a lot of uses for me.

  143. Every time I read a new post on this blog, I get a little more excited knowing Adam is that much closer to being in my hands.

    BTW, I LOVED viewing your webpage from one of BestBuy’s iPad display models. Genious!

  144. Rohan,

    While I wait for the EAP can you sneak me some info on the screen resolution and screen density so I can begin some UI dev. ;)

    If not you can blame me for trying.

  145. Having an option to switch off the LED backlights is a neat thought! I am sure it would help boosting the uptime while listening music or downloading stuff on the go. While the hardware spec is truly impressive, wide spread success would be contingent to having a good app store.

    Good luck!

  146. Today my company blocked this blog :'( couldn’t check for the updates entire day(damn!!)

    I think my company didn’t like me checking this blog 100 times everyday at work :)

  147. Hi Rohan and Fans :-)

    You probably already know these guys:


    Do you think you could work out a similar docking station for the Adam? Maybe they’ll even do it for you if you ask them nicely :-)

    The problem I see is that tablets are not very useful for actual work. The touch interface is nice for navigation of elements but not for text input. One might be able to use it for some last-minute powerpoint editing but its probably very cumbersome for doing some real work when you’re traveling and found some place to get some work done, like writing proper documents or responding to those 50 new eMails.

    For these use cases people currently have two options:

    – Take a bunch of cables, adapters, gadgets and a small keyboard with you and put the adam on some kind of stand or lay it on the table.

    – Take the old subnotebook with you to do the actual work

    I think I know what professionals would do. And as a result, the Adam would be more of a show-off gadget for them, just like those iPhones and iPads. Interesting for media consumption but not for getting stuff done. And, of course, as eReader, although in this case all the relevant documents are probably always on the wrong device.

    What do you think?

    Also, I hope you’re considering to add covers for the more sensitive plugs of this device. For the microSD slot it would be nice to have a cover that works with and without inserted card

    BTW: Since today I can see the new flashy homepage. It looks fancy but I actually expected some more content. You could at least add a gallery of the most recent hardware so people dont have to google them. In the specs it looks like the PixelQi screen will not have all the features of the LCD screen, like scratch/fingerprint resistant non-glare etc. and its unclear what the docking port is all about(one of the new features?).

  148. Clever device. Their magnet system is a very useful feature. It doesn’t seem to affect the drives or the memory.
    The shape of the Adam wouldn’t make it practical to implement. Same thing for the keyboard I think. I’d rather use a separate bluetooth keyboard and a stand myself, but it’s an interresting concept.

  149. Eager Aussie! The Adam looks like the stuff a tablet ought to be, saving my pennies for a great self Christmas present and looking forward to waving it under the noses of those around me with an iPad, particularly outside with the PQ screen :)

    Keep those blog updates coming.

  150. I keep watching and waiting! I understand that both Barns and Noble, and Borders have Android programs for ereading books from their sites that might have drm limitations. However, I understand that you need to get them through Android Market. Will you have these programs on the Adam? I hope so. Keep up the great work.

  151. hey, rohan.

    i’ve seen an article over at “engadget” covering a nice case for the IPAD. looks comfortable and supplies a full QWERTY keyboard along with a shielding case. works on bluetooth connectivity and i thought you guys could also design a mouse-pad on the empty space left on the cover of the case. this would generate an excellent creativity and casing solution, with minimal weight impact, won’t it? :)
    just a thought, for your consideration… http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/16/aidacase-brings-keycase-folio-deluxe-ipad-case-to-to-the-us/

    all the best from israel.

  152. Sorry to say but all have lost hopes on ADAM, i would be loved to prove wrong but since the time of its annoucement nothing has happened really and while ADAM is still being brot to the consumers the other big player have already established better gadget then ADAM. Slow paced race against the biggies won’t help, the comptetion is tough and you haven’t lived upto the expectation.

    P.S : I research and write for big brodcasting organisation here in the UK.

    Chief Market Research & Gadget Critic

  153. I could flame and point out mistakes and spelling but I won’t. What I will do is point out that your statement is actually untrue. Can you actually name a better gadget than the Adam available in the market? Technically better? I say this because many people love iOS (though I personally don’t) but that’s a personal preference and hard to quantify especially without seeing the Adam’s UI. What I will point out is that there are currently two big name tablets out there with Cortex A8 chips. The Adam uses a dual-core Cortex A9. There are other tablets coming out with Tegra2 chips. Some might make it to market before Adam some might not. But either way that actually does not make them better, it puts them on equal footing as far as the processors go. The Adam still has an edge with the Pixel Qi screen. And as far as I know the Tegra2 is the only Cortex A9 chip currently available (the Toshiba netbook/smartbook which uses it is actually currently available). Samsung has the Orion chip coming but there is no mention of any products using it so it might take some time. Some Snapdragon dual core SoC’s are coming but with snapdragon it’s hard to tell. They use their own designs making them more or less equivalent to Cortex A8 and A9 but they don’t actually specify that (though from what I understand you need to be Cortex A9 to be dual core capable). You can criticize, it is your right. But if you do so, make sure your arguments are correct because then readers of the blog can make informed decisions based on the real negative and positive aspects of the Adam and not just propaganda. And hey, if they really are valid criticisms then Rohan and the rest might even pay heed to them and use them to improve their (future) products.

  154. sir/ma’m, you probably are at least 3 months too late with this comment… back then there were far more severe critical comments than yours but a lot of water has flown under the London bridge since then….
    NI and Rohan are doing everything practical on planet earth to send all our dear baby out the door…

    having said that if you read thru the previous comments from Rohan here. he actively encourages us to comment on the product itself and the features etc. and believe it or not there is proof already that Adam actually transformed itself a bit based on the inputs from end users like us…

    so from your industry knowledge if you could add some info on what Adam should, should not be doing that would be helpful… not just the features (it may be too late for the current version; although would be useful for Eve etc.) but also marketing strategies, customer service etc.

    Kind Regards

  155. @No(more)tion Ink
    May be your “big brodcasting organisation” lost hopes…! find some thing else to broadcast! Write as much as you can, it well get improved!

  156. Hello Rohan –

    You do realise that there are people out there who just hit a refresh on your blog page to see updated news and pics ? Please !! :)

    My dad, who has never used a computer for most of his life (he is 72) wants to get an Adam when it is available. To me that… is amazing….

    A lot of people are pulling for you!!! Good luck !!

  157. Hello Rohan. Your product keeps getting better…can’t wait to give my iPad to my daughter. How about some photos for the weekend… :)

  158. Rohan,
    I haven’t seen any commercials here in the US. Any marketing team involved? I am tired of explaining my friends what notion ink adam is…

    Anyways.. hope FCC certification goes well and hope to see your product on engadget soon.

  159. Hi, I’m not sure if this has been asked before, but is there any hope that the Adam will be able to take video input somehow? It has everything I’m looking for in a tablet, but what would really make it killer is the ability to double up as a portable screen.

  160. I would suggest you consider releasing MeeGo version of this tablet as well, a much more complete and capable OS than android. Also, I dont understand why many startup tablet companies prefer android even when they knew their tablets wont get access to Android Market, so lame.

  161. You might also consider teaming up with Ubuntu in the future as they already have a Netbook OS, free App Store(paid apps on the way), the Ubuntu One music store(DRM free legal music store) and Ubuntu One Cloud for file storage/backup. With a bit of tweaking it could be the perfect OS for a version of the Adam or Adam 2. I’m pretty sure they’d be delighted to have hardware selling with a version of their OS or an Ubuntu based OS and would be willing to help out. Plus you would get the Open Source community behind you. MeeGo would also be an excellent choice and well worth looking into.


  162. Doesn’t really make sense for them to do that when they are launching their own app store. Though I like the idea of Ubuntu on a tablet. Hopefully we can duel boot ADAM!

  163. Hi dear Rohan. I’m a big fan and eager to get the Adam
    some quick thoughts and suggestions

    1. DEFINITELY TRY to make Adam available on the market by “mid November”
    just like what the investors expected, people will be gladly spending the money for the Thanksgiving. Since the market will be really competitive and Adam has missed a great time to release, please please please I really wanna see Adam sell well.
    mid Nov, or even earlier, will be the best time, no later than that because not all buyers will be able to get one of them immediately after release. people are switching over to Galaxy Tab, thats one of your greatest enemies now. Samsung has got extremely strong networking and business relationship, and the device itself is very desirable to ordinary buyers.

    2. Accessories! Flip cases, sleeves, docks and keyboards are really essential
    the chassis design of Adam has sexy thin screen borders, and however that prevents it from having a proper flip case. ipad and galaxy tab have relatively thicker borders so flip cases get to hold them properly. the awesome trackpad on the back of Adam will also be a problem. I think many would love to hold their device with a flip case in their hands coz that’s protective and convenient at the same time.
    and we do wanna be able to increase typing speed by having a large size physical docking keyboard which also turns the whole device into a laptop mode. both ipad and galaxy tab have this great advantage. and galaxy tab even have the Swype input function that enables users to type way faster on a touch screen, thats really alluring too.

    3. have great deals with the four major carriers in the US and provide consumers a great 3G plan. people are willing to spend up to $300 to be locked into a 2yr contract for the galaxy tab too while ipad sells for $5~800 and has contract-free cheap 3G plans with AT&T. this will be a really important thing that affect these devices in their selling in the US.

    but, seriously, try your best to release it sooner, i know it’s hard, dont wait again till all other devices from major manufacturers come out to compete with you again.
    Galaxy Tab will hopefuilly even be available by October in the US now… Im totally assuming some of the fans who had been eagerly waiting for Adam have now switched their mind towards it instead.

  164. Thank you for the update! waiting for the pictures. Please remember to take some closer shots at the camera area.
    Most of us (i think all of us) not only just want to buy an Adam, but also hoping, Adam will rule the market, also the people’s heart!
    Till now, its like people from different parts of the world trying to input their thoughts, ideas and wishes to build a dream machine. So I heartily congrats the master minds behind Adam.
    The whole idea of communication here is so sweet, that who ever visit once here becomes a fan, and cant stop themselves to write a comment of well wish…!This is good..! Truly , Adam brings unity, Peace and good thoughts…!Happy to be here!

    Waiting for the day Adam takes an apple for the breakfast and invade the galaxies…and so on..! :-)

  165. 7 days ahead of schedule, gr8 news.
    But i want at least a MONTH ahead of schedule, so that i can have my Adam by October or November

  166. Its good to see you guys are on track. and we hope get this wonderful thing in our hand in a couple of months time. I would appreciate if i can replace my ipod touch with adam in all ways (especially in quality of music. I am sure it will be way ahead in case of videos). Hope you guys make sure that product will be in market asap. I held back all my plan to buy a new laptop and waiting adam to release.

  167. Hi to all at Notion Ink Team and specially to Shravan,

    Waiting to see happen the sensation that an Indian product creates after you release the ADAM.

    Expecting the definite ADAM release date for end consumer.

  168. Ok, I’ll be short and precise. the Adam is nice and good..understood, accepted..I want to buy it..SO PRAY TELL ME NOTION INK WHERE ISSSS THE ADAM IN THE MARKET…
    Man, I have been reading with lots n lots of interest, bragged about the world-class ‘Indian tablet’…but..

    WHERE IS IT……???

  169. If you guys really don’t have the capability to mass-produce and market the item, why did you go ahead and waste people’s time and energy in listening to you. Mr. Rohan you have wasted many people’s time when you are not able to deliver..if you had an idea and wanted to make money out of it, you could have partnered with the many established Indian corporations who have the industrial set up to take up such a venture. Mr. Rohan, electronics marketing is not a cottage industry…


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