Progress Update on the Notion Ink Adam Android Tablet


notion ink adam ces photo collage

It seems SlashGear has a friendly relationship going with Notion Ink, the makers of the Pixel Qi (demo 1, 2) / NVIDIA Tegra / Android powered Internet Tablet (a winning combo in my opinion). The guys have posted new renderings of the Adam, which are said to be closer to the final design that will make its appearance at Mobile World Congress 2010 next week (above is Notion Ink’s photo collage from CES). Also revealed… Adam will have battery life capabilities surpassing Apple iPad’s 10-hour claim and that it will be available in two sizes — though no specifics other than the thickness of the two models were given (12.9 & 11.6 mm | the iPad is 13.4 mm thick). And lastly, Notion Ink will soon be announcing a “Developer Challenge” competition with a prize fund of $1 million for the best Android apps targeted for the Adam and Internet Tablets in general. FYI, I just discovered through SlashGear’s CES video (embedded below) that Adam will support Adobe AIR apps (like TweetDeck and others) in addition to Flash-based content through the web browser. That’s big news in this space… and may mean Adam will be one of the first tablets to tap into the upcoming Digital Magazine Storefront

Aside: I was just thinking…. If the Notion Ink Adam is truly supporting Adobe AIR, it has TWO “App Stores”: #1 Android Market #2 Adobe AIR Market. And another thing. Pay close attention to the last few minutes of the video. The guy demo’ing the Adam I think said the backplate is a trackpad (11:39)!? Also, I’m digging the gesture shortcuts (i.e. write “W” with your finger on the homescreen to jump to the Web).




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  • megaman821

    The hardware looks awesome, but the software could be a let down with the launch date so close and so much more work to be done on usability.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    I think they still have a lot of work ahead of them, too. My gut tells me they're just going to show off the finalized hardware design and a preview of the tablet interface along with some app demos. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Summer or Fall 2010 launch.

  • alexy2000

    ipad is foc@ this is the best thin i seee in lon time an the power is insane they be paranoid now

  • http://twitter.com/Starfires Gideon

    This is really out of this world- in technicals this really answers every question I had about the iPad and it looks beautiful, too. Having Adobe Air really helps as this could make it a tool for graphic artists as well. My only concern, like Megaman, is with the software. I hope Android develops quickly, as it is a way for devices like this to have a chance

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    What I find interesting about Notion Ink’s approach for Adam, from what was said in the demo, is that they plan on creating a custom tablet UI layer on top of Android (kind of like HTC’s custom Sense UI for its mobile Android handsets — i.e. Hero). Most of the Android tablets shown at CES where just the default Android OS, which is adequate for products like the Archos 5 Internet Tablet or Dell Mini 5 Android Tablet but not mind-blowing for large display tablet use.

  • Dick

    An article in Linux Today indicated that the second generation Adam would run Ubuntu. Has anyone else read this? Any thoughts?

  • http://perfectfutures.spaces.live.com/ Starfires

    Well, hopefully it is slick and usable. Really Android developers should get together and hire people to make a strong front-end improvement, much as windows 7 mobile has.

  • http://perfectfutures.spaces.live.com/ Starfires

    Well, hopefully it is slick and usable. Really Android developers should get together and hire people to make a strong front-end improvement, much as windows 7 mobile has.