Notion Ink

Week-End Special – Part VIII

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on November 13, 2010

Hello there!

Its was a real short week for us here at Notion Ink!

Some short up-dates first:

  • Little about the EAP results. We had far too many entries from such brilliant companies and individuals that it wasn’t making sense that we limit the EAP to only 200 people. Hence we have extended it to more. So now there is EAP 1 and EAP 2 where we have 200 in the first one and around 200 more in the next one. Look at the chart below for the EAP 1 selection and country average:

















  • In the EAP 2 we have around 46 countries! EAP was multi pronged test for us. Production Validation, Logistics (handling shipments, etc. for so many countries), test of the support system, work on the feedback before it reaches masses (ones which we can quickly fix) and sending out messages to all that we have arrived! (Interestingly India is missing from the EAP 1, but has its presence all over the EAP 2 selections)
  • News on SW: Adam will have FULL Office Suite!

Now few images.

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Those were all the images which we have for this blog, and actually gave you an idea of what we are also going to talk about.

Here we have your Mother Board and on top you can see the NVidia’s Tegra 250 power house. You can also see here the RAM, ROMs and other circuitry. We have spoken about sharing those Power Charts, but we havent yet! Nearly all here are clocking something around 28 hours a week for their sleep. For us in the core team is around half of that! Whole team is extremely busy, so please give us more time in creating those interactive charts.

Right, you can see your Magnalium Tool Chassis (upside down) which holds a lot for you! This whole structure is around 36gms and is responsible for providing shear resistance. LDC fits inside, so it’s designed to be compatible for both the LCDs (Transflective and Normal, they have some constructional difference). PQ is around 5.2mm in thickness and we had to use the same for the normal ones, else they are available in 3.6mm height as well. The left side of this image is where it holds the CAP-SENSE buttons (your 4 touch keys). The top portion is where you will find your Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS antennas. On top of the LCD you have the Capacitive screen and then the Glass. In the manufacturing process you join the touch-screen on LCD (with either high strength glues or optical bonding) and then attach this section to the Top Glass. So the black border you see is actually the Glass area used to stick this 3 part set on the Magnalium Chassis.

On your left here is a weather app, which acts like your screen saver as well (in full screen). There are some cool animations which are really stunning specially for thunder-storm! This is the panel implementation of the same.

Total more than 20 customized applications are coming your way. Not the stretched mobile apps, but custom-made for your Adam! One for each occasion, crafted with a lot of effort and patience. Email, Calendar, Office, Paint, Gallery, Settings, File Browser are some of the very special ones to mention here, along with the whole Panel System. For the Panel system there is an OPEN GL Engine which extracts the juice out of Tegra and delivers in beautiful and smooth animations.

(I prepared a different post for this week, where I was to take Adam apart and introduce all but one components, but then I read the comments and there was a larger emphasis on the images, so here we are)

I guess times ahead are far more interesting than I thought they would be! The response to Adam is ecstatic. It’s really wonderful what all you have done for Adam and how everyone is picking up on your words. There is a lot more left before we can even start thinking that we have reached our vision, but the starting is not bad at all.

I have spent nights preparing for the day when finally we can stand in front of all of you and explain what Adam is, why is it not a tablet, how it works, what is still left to be done and how future generations are going to evolve. It still moist my eyes in joy when I think of that day, and we are really close. There are only few moments in your life when you speak a word called satisfaction and you know what it means! And I know this is it!

With Warm Regards

Rohan Shravan

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  1. Samuel said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:20

    First yay!!!

    • Raj said, on November 13, 2010 at 22:11

      Isn’t the bezel wide still or am I only feeling it? I think this is the final version.

    • Darius_bd said, on November 14, 2010 at 01:22


      Yeap, seems the final version will have more bezel than the prototype we all first saw. I liked it more with less bezel…

      Also, why it aint a tablet?

    • varun said, on November 14, 2010 at 12:52

      Rohan already explained it. It is because of the existing USB and other ports which require a certain depth. They had patented different designs which would reduce the depth, but that would require adoption from manufacturers for large scale production.

    • Ed said, on November 14, 2010 at 01:25

      Rohan, Does it have a hole for a standard laptop lock? I’ve not been able to answer this one from pictures yet. btw your baby looks really _beautiful_ .

    • RyanNerd said, on December 5, 2010 at 09:37

      Sweet Deal! I bags the red one…

  2. Sandeep said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:21


    • Mohan Reddy Gopu said, on November 13, 2010 at 15:09

      +100 wonderful

    • keithmaxx said, on November 15, 2010 at 14:05

      you get a gold star.

      on a more relevant note, does the “Office” application mean the entire usual suite of desktop programs (document processing, spreadsheet, database, slideshow)?

    • Robin said, on November 15, 2010 at 18:19

      And I´m #996

    • Moni said, on November 15, 2010 at 18:23

      And now everybody wants to be #1000 :-))

  3. sebastian said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:22


  4. Dr.Praveesh said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:22


  5. Greg said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:22


    • Greg said, on November 13, 2010 at 14:53

      @Rohan, Thanks so much for once again making time in our busy schedule to keep us informed.

      Great news about the full office suite. I can’t wait to learn more about it and see what the apps in the suite look like. The other custom apps sound great too.

      Please feel free to share the other post you prepared too.. We’d still love to read about the components! Hint Hint…

      Also, you are sure to get a lot of questions about that “thing” next to the headphone jack in this photo: Looks a lot like IR to me… But that is just a guess. And whatever is shown on the far right of the bottom side, opposite the end with the microphone in this photo: Let the speculation begin!

      Thanks again Rohan! Congratulations on the progress you all at NI are making!

    • Greg said, on November 13, 2010 at 15:12

      Photos 9 and 14 leave me with the most questions…

      Hopefully you will tell us what the unidentified ports/buttons are for real soon.

      I really want to go back to bed but I have to keep looking at the photos trying to figure out what is in each one. I am going to be so tired tomorrow! ;-)

    • Phillip said, on November 13, 2010 at 16:02

      Told youse I reckoned it was an IR port

    • Manoj said, on November 13, 2010 at 16:05

      Yes, most probably photo blog-9 is the IR/bluetooth

      regarding blog 13- perhaps if you see the ferrari photo- it seems like two slots with cover
      one may be micro-SD and the other may be SIM card slot. since from the magnalium photo description those places are close to where Rohan mentioned are the 3G system.
      and there is also a small feature beside that, may be just LED for something or ambient light sensor?.

    • Manoj said, on November 13, 2010 at 16:11

      also i was wondering where is the docking port if any and what is there on the back side of the adam?

    • James Cooke said, on November 13, 2010 at 16:25

      In picture 13 if you look at the large version of the red Adam you can make out the text a little. The left hand text looks pretty clearly to be SD CARD and the right one begins with an M and might be MUSIC. That one doesn’t make much sense as I would of expected it to be the sim slot.

    • swooop5511 said, on November 13, 2010 at 16:52

      I think it is Micro SD slot with a Cover

    • laxman said, on November 13, 2010 at 17:21

      Doubt whether its an IR. Looks more like SD Card Slots. The other two look like Two Buttons for something.

      Has anyone managed to find if there is an physical switch to turn the wifi and the screen on and off in the photos anywhere ?

    • Sunil said, on November 13, 2010 at 18:41

      Regarding the second on the far right of the bottom side in, opposite the end with the microphone(pic 13). if you look into pic 14.. the text beside the port looks like “RESET”… not sure thought what might be its functionality..

    • Greg said, on November 13, 2010 at 21:08

      I agree, it says “RESET” next to the other hole (opposite end of where Microphone is).

      And it also looks like it might say “SD CARD” on what appears to be a cover over the slot on the right, along with a second cover next to it. I can’t read what it says on the second cover though. Maybe it says “MICRO SD”. If they decided to include both types of SD. Just a guess though…

      And since those appear to be covered ports/slots, there is a chance that may be a covered port/slot on the side next to the headphone jack instead of IR. Though it does look like IR, but now I’m second guessing that.

      Did you also notice the white circle on top of the Adam, (on top, but to the left of where the switch is in photo 3 or 9). I wonder what that is for. It is printed on there like the CAP-SENSE buttons (4 touch keys) on the opposite side. So possibly another button.

    • Tarwinia said, on November 15, 2010 at 10:28

      @Greg, I have no idea what it is (though it could be a light sensor as someone mentioned or maybe a proximity one, but if it were a button I could see it as being useful.

      If it were a button its placing over the HDMI port could indicate a screen switching function to let you cycle between the a dam’s screen, the external screen, extending the “destop”/panel area, and duplicating the screens all without having to bring up some settings panel.

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