The Adam from Notion Ink was a huge hit at CES last January with its NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 10″ Pixel Qi screen which offered the promise of phenomenal battery life and excellent visibility in direct sunlight.
Unfortunately here we sit almost a year later and we still can’t actually lay our hands on the product, but it looks like that is finally about to change.
On Monday Notion Ink relaunched their website with a new cleaner look (it was formerly a flash laden mess) and some Easter eggs for their followers.
The first bit of information isn’t really hidden, but it is a little obscure. In the upper right portion of the website there is a binary code which as of today reads 1111 (which translates to 15), two days ago that read 10001 (which translates to 17). So we have a countdown that will run out on December 9th. Whether that will be a day for pre-orders to go live or if there will simply be another announcement of some kind isn’t known.
On the tech specs page there is a listing for “bonus mystery feature ;)” at the end of the list, if you open up the source code for the page you reveal this message: “For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, here’s a tidbit for you, there’s a very awesome hidden sensor we’re going to be revealing soon :D.” The Adam is already fairly rich with sensors including a 3-axis accelerometer, ambient light sensor, GPS, and digital compass. Current speculation tends toward an IR sensor, but if you have any interesting suggestions go ahead and take a guess in comments.
Today for the first time a second code appeared immediately below the binary code. The new code links to the technical specs page so it could be some sort of reference to that “bonus mystery sensor,” but its meaning is still evading everyone.
The Galaxy Tab is doing fairly well in a slightly different niche than that of the iPad as it is smaller and lighter and considerably more portable/mobile than the iPad. The Adam is closer to the iPad in physical size, but completely outguns it in basically every specification. It has a 10.1″ screen, offers a swiveling 3.2 MP camera, 2 USB ports, 8 GB of flash memory with micro-SD support for expansion, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi B/G/N, 3G, and an HDMI port to name just some of its features.
The Adam also breaks from the Galaxy Tab in that it will not offer the Market or Google Apps. This is definitely the thing that has me the most hesitant about the Adam, but given the time and attention that Notion Ink has poured into this device and its interface it doesn’t deter me completely. They have been courting developers to develop specifically for the Adam for quite some time now and beyond that as we are all aware there are a lot of 3rd party app stores.
If you want to steep yourself in Adam info I recommend hitting up their blog as Rohan Shravan in recent months has been updating their followers quite regularly. The brief trailer at the bottom of this post comes from their blog.
What are your feelings on the Adam? If Notion Ink manages to deliver a solid experience (and below say $500) would you be willing to look past not having the standard Android Market and Google Apps?