Notion Ink

Week-End Special IX

Posted in Uncategorized by Rohan Shravan on November 20, 2010

Dear All,

Again a very short week! As promised, here is a small teaser video we were talking about earlier. Lets take a look:

(At the end of this video you will see, but its not up (shows the older version till now). Will be releasing the new one in 48 hours)

Its made in-house by 2 of our very special UI Gang Members – Gagan(s), and they have done a good job in the final video as well which will be released soon.

Small update:

* Genesis is up and Running!
* GPS Navigation Software entered beta and it speaks 43 languages!
* Look at the self exploratory image on left
* Email client  (Mail’d) (we will talk more about it in a while) enters beta
* Paint + Photo Editor enters beta (along with 5 more softwares

  • Where is the logo? One of our friends sent us, a Company registration page where he found similar logo. It is impossible that the winner had seen it before, but the similarity couldn’t be denied and we had to contact this firm for their confirmation that they are fine with us using the selected logo. They havent replied since then and we are still waiting (our legal team is completely against using it, cos its too similar, but if we can get permission from this firm then they have no issue).


Right now it comes with all the default features you expect from it, plus better “Missing attachments”, “offline mode”, and “UNDO a sent email” feature.

This is one application which will get amazing updates as we enter January and will redefine things a little bit like how big an attachment can be, or when can an email expire, or how can you fix the time of delivery even if you don’t have internet connection! Jaya (the lead and one of the better programmers at Notion Ink) is on fire and will get you these ASAP!

Sniffer: An extremely fast and handy File Browser is a must (especially if you are talking about USB drives, bluetooth etc). Personally I don’t like syncing my device every time I need to show someone a presentation or an image or even to listen a new song, may be I need more freedom in how I access and use my data. And hence we have the ‘Sniffer’ (Murali is the Architect of this one), as shown in the image on your right (please remember, I cannot share the final images, else my investors, design and legal teams will kill me! :)) There is a preview mode as well which works well for most of the important formats. I/O port detection is automatic and fast, and it goes well with the 3 panel layout system.

An interesting use-case: how do I transfer files/folders from one storage location to another, or may be, how to compare the contents?

On Adam, just open these 2 storage locations as panels (distinct instances) and voila!

We wanted to make Adam independent and self-reliable. That would mean it shouldn’t need any other device to think, store, get updates from and rather be able to drive others. It’s there now, in its genes, and all of us will see how it evolves.

The Matt

We told you how much we love Matt (that’s one reason why all the monitors here are from Dell). We have invested a lot of time in figuring out the right surface values which gives the perfect combination of 2 worlds (no reflection property of matt and scratch resistant property of glossy surface). But the first question: “Why every other device we see is Glossy and not matt?” The answer lies in the surface property. In general you can say that glossy surfaces along with giving better photograph of the device for marketing and shelf view, gives scratch-less experience (for its defined life time). And that is very much required. If your surface is rough (matt), it will be susceptible to scratches cos now when you drag a sharp object on it, it will have something to drag along, and leave a mark behind. All of this makes designing matt surfaces for touch screen extremely difficult and costly.

This is a small test I did for you in the morning. You can see one of our engineers dragging a sharp object scratching on of the Matt glass samples we had ordered for.

You can easily see the scratch (though you will not be pressing this hard, but still) and we definitely don’t want this.

After nearly 2 months of tests, we have been able to figure out what exactly should be the parameters and here is the result:

This is Adam’s glass and the result after the same test performed thrice. You can actually notice the speckles left from the last experiment on the other screens.

It took us really long and was really harder for the manufacturers to make what we wanted. We can’t compromise on few things and this was one of them.

Here is the image of the 3 tests which I did for you this morning (Adam is using the improved version of the last one shown here)

But the story between Glossy screen and Matt is not finished yet. One of our friend (working in Pixel Qi) who has an amazing command over LCD technology made us aware of the issue of using the matt surfaces on LCDs.

Look at the image below:

(You need to open it in another tab and see it full screen). If you can see (I hope you do), you will see small green fringes and speckles. Matt surfaces don’t work well with Green colors and creates  diffusion around green pixels. You Dell screens look good for two reason, one they have done good job and two, they don’t have to deal with the gap of touch screen in LCD monitors. Gaps add more refractions. Please see the next illustrations for more understanding.

We have done a good work when it comes to both of these issues and you can observe the same in the final product.

There is a LOT to share, from what all what we did, what were the issues we faced, sometime “the ridicules” and sometimes feelings of satisfaction for seconds as we are always drawn away for the bigger goal. I can keep on writing, but every thing that has a beginning has an end (Neo).

But wait! Did we say beginning? OK, then this is how one of our designers visualizes Adam booting up for the revolution.

[Update: Apologies for forgetting this: There is an un-official forum already up called I read a lot of peeple had issues in following up comments here and wanted something up. Our friend Avo helped us out and built one from scratch. Please take a look!

Thanks Avo]

With Warm Regards

Rohan Shravan

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  1. Himanshu said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:53

    Great!! First post :)

    • Winna said, on November 20, 2010 at 16:18

      1) Actual bezel (black border) size?
      2) SSD memory size (16 or 32 GB)?
      3) Device dimensions?
      4) PREORDERS???

    • josh said, on November 21, 2010 at 16:02

      1. Given in an earlier post
      2. Was never given but 16/32GB refers to you adding your own micro SD I believe (could be wrong)
      3. Given on
      4. Hopefully soon =]

    • GroundSit said, on November 22, 2010 at 11:07

      Regarding 2., the site said:

      16GB/32GB of eMMC

      So no SSD, but no microSD at the same time ;)

      But i agree, clarification is needed.

    • Raj said, on November 20, 2010 at 16:57

      I cant wait any more for adam, Still production not started and it will take at least 3 months to come at stores in mumbai. I think They are interested more in global market than in India.

    • Raj said, on November 21, 2010 at 00:15

      It’s not so. Adam requires attention of the world. So it’s worth releasing it in US as the world pays attention and gets reviews from prominent tech sites like embedded, gizmofo, Chet etc. Also releasing it in India first will give an Indian tablet view and many would think it’s more localized forIndians. Spacing it with just 2 weeks for an Indian release will capture both markets.
      2 weeks difference wouldn’t make much of difference. And you can always order from their site and get it shipped in 2 weeks. I think they would have atleast 100k Adams for their release. If you look at the comments Indians following is just a minor percentage of the whole world.

    • shaju said, on November 20, 2010 at 21:14

      the file browser is really gr8. its basically the start menu found in old windows pc. but it really make sense to use it in a touchsreen tablet. well done. also the boot up screen video is awesome.

    • Raj said, on November 20, 2010 at 22:45

      You did really tease us by making a small video that we can’t make much out of it :)
      @Rohan you are best at it. Good for the updates. So we can have something soon (wow wow… can’t control).

      Sniffer: How can we do multi-select of files (features like windows explorer). How to handle huge folders (if it displays the way it does currently). Some of my picture folders have 100s of pictures in a single folder. How is scrolling possible?

    • said, on November 22, 2010 at 00:39

      Did you guys forget something when you updated the notionink website? ([hint] jquery upload [/hint])

    • said, on November 22, 2010 at 01:44

      To be more specific:
      Error: jQuery is not defined
      Row: 39

    • Alphonso Milligan said, on December 4, 2010 at 18:58

      Thank you Rohan for hearing us…and Congrats…I have been holding out for a long time on getting a tablet until Adam was finished.

  2. Praveen said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:54

    Thanks Rohan for the weekend spl……Now I can smell the adam…..

  3. Greg said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:55


    • Greg said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:56

      Got my comment placeholder… Now I can read it. Thanks Rohan!

    • Greg said, on November 20, 2010 at 15:48

      Love the teaser video… Great job to whoever the two people on the UI team are that created it.

      I’d love to see Genesis and what it has to offer. Hopefully soon. Can’t wait!

      GPS software… Yes! (I hope is uses downloaded/stored maps so it will work when 3G and WiFi is unavailable. Geocaching features built into it would be great too.)

      Excited and anxious to see the other software too.

      Sorry to hear about the logo. I hope you get permission to use it. Our contest winner did a great job, and some of the variations that people were able to do later looked awesome too. (Maybe you can use one of those variations if you can’t use the original. Like the one submitted later that most everyone really loved. I’ll post a link to it later, unless someone else does first.)

      Mail’d sounds great. Will it work with any mail service? Is this intended as replacement for or a companion to gmail and similar mail clients? Hopefully it is an all in one type of client (one place/app to work with all my mail accounts). Love that you hinted towards it supporting large attachments (at least that is what I hope you are saying) and the off line mode. Fantastic!

      Is the”story1.doc” shown in the Sniffer rendering the same story wtff has been writing in the comments of your previous post? LOL ;-) Obviously there is support for .PDF and .DOC files! Yes!!!!!

      “An extremely fast and handy File Browser is a must (specially if you are talking about USB drives, bluetooth etc).” So some type of bluetooth based file sharing is supported?… And “it doesn’t need any other device to think, store, get updates from and rather be able to drive others.” So I hope that means Adam is able to do file sharing across wifi to Windows Shares, samba shares, etc. as well as use DropBox and similar services. Way cool!

      Thanks for all the effort put forth by the team at NI in selecting the right matt finish and implementing it the right way. As always, impeccable attention to detail in everything! Awesome job! It appears like we might even be able to get by without a screen protector…

      I like the boot screen too. I would not mind at all if your designers idea (notion) ended up in the final release.

      Here are direct links to videos and photos for those who want them:

      More comments to come later. Going back to bed for now (gotta dream about using Mail’d and Sniffer, etc)…
      THANKS ROHAN!!!!

    • Michael said, on November 20, 2010 at 22:08

      I went to and the photo seems to show that you can only add Gmail and Hotmail accounts??

    • Raj said, on November 20, 2010 at 22:57

      The teaser adam ui is really good(its too teasing.. small and no revelations of the UI as usual by Rohan due to the legal issues).
      Looks like adam is nearing its releasing date, website up in couple of days (wow), expecting a “full” teaser video and lot of information worth reading for a week :) – until next post

      mail’d : Undo mail send, is it something how gmail does? Delays sending mail for a pre-configured time to give an undo functionality? Its a nice feature that we can rely on once in a while(which shouldn’t have been sent) but every mail gets delayed when you expect it has already been delivered. It’s still a nice feature if we can configure the time :)

      I really like the adam ad above ” coming soon”. The Weather app video is a real teaser ( :( didn’t reveal anything though specific to adam UI/functionality – as usual you have to honor your investors/legal team).

      Thanks Rohan, your team is doing a wonderful job. Once adam gets hit in the market, no wonder you will see flood of job applications in india (that probably you may not probably be seeing now).

    • Raj said, on November 20, 2010 at 23:13

      I think GPS maps have be preloaded else every sec the Adam has to download coordinates from satellite and map from service provider and render screen co ordinates on a co ordinated map portion which gets really difficult for any software (what if one of the above service is not available in the midst of a AriZona desert)
      it would be preloaded or downloadable.

    • Knoc said, on November 21, 2010 at 06:53

      Awesome stuff Greg. Thanks for throwing the links up to the images.

    • Nickolas said, on November 21, 2010 at 19:06

      When i read your blog, i think: “If apple was small company, this could be apple”.

      But world is different.

      And from my point of view there will only be one app-store (android-store). If you still believe in google and android, do you really have the manpower to adjust your sdk to the next android releases?

    • Greg Taylor said, on November 20, 2010 at 19:51

      Wonder if my post is ever going to show up. Still being moderated…

    • Tanner said, on November 20, 2010 at 21:50

      Seen it good job! I’m excited too when will it officially come out!?

  4. Pavan said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:56

    Finally we have an update… U made my day Rohan :)

  5. chesterchen said, on November 20, 2010 at 14:57

    Hope it comes to Singapore, and soon too!

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