Hands-on with Notion Ink Adam Prototype: It’s Amazing


There were plenty of gadgets and technolgies we saw at this year’s CES that we liked, but very few that made us say “Wow.” The Notion Ink Adam is one of those devices. This 10-inch prototype Android tablet integrates two impressive technologies: Nvidia’s blazing Tegra chip (which can handle 1080p video playback) and Pixel Qi’s groundbreaking dual-mode display that lets you go from full color mode to ePaper with the push of a button. Notion Ink says you can expect much better battery life than the Kindle in the ePaper mode.

More important, Notion Ink is bringing its own software expertise to the table with a wrapper around Android that will enable spectacular gameplay and incredibly zippy JavaScript performance with a tailor-made WebKit browser. Plus, there’s a nifty touchpad on the back that lets you interact with the device without obstructing the screen.

This innovative startup says we should see a device like the Notion Ink with a sleeker design come to market as soon as April. Pricing remains a mystery, but the company seems open to selling it both direct and through wireless carriers. So what are you waiting for? Check out our video of this slice of geek heaven after the break.


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  1. uncola Says:

    this looks like an awesome piece of hardware, but I’d need to see some software innovation before I become interested. an iphoto type photo viewer with touch ui, multitouch google maps, amazon or barnes and noble ereader etc

  2. finndo Says:

    I would hope it will integrate with the android marketplace, if it does, I may buy 2 or 3 as soon as they are available.

  3. Gujar Says:

    Price is reported to be starting at $325 and will be available in the US first around June.

  4. Ray Britton Says:

    Android is great and i’m sure there will be many apps available and tailored for this device. I’m looking for something that will be my primary companion though. It has great potential to be that device, however i’m going to need some support for products such as ms office. Simply cannot do without that. Blackberry desktop manager etc. Basic apps that work on windows needs to work on this device. I agree with not using windows as an os cuz its just too bloated and would drain system resources but stuff need to work on this baby for users to feel comfortable with their purchase. After having said all of that though….i’m still getting one

  5. x3qt0r Says:

    @ Ray ,
    You can have Ubuntu or Google Chromium on this .
    With Openoffice.org and many such applications on ubuntu you wont even think about windows.

  6. Patrick Says:

    Maybe I’m i the minority but I would love to see a pen wit this. What are the chances of one of the pens for capacitive screens working on this device?

  7. BeeatleMan Says:

    I’d love to see a pen here too, that way, as a graphic designer, I can use this for work. Not to mention the good impression showing your FLASH or JS/HTML5 powered presentations in 1080p via HDMI. This is fine piece of hardware and absolutely hackable, I hope they can deliver this piece of hardware as soon as possible, God if I need a tablet PC!!!

  8. Seeddemon Says:

    Data Viz Docs2Go allow you to create and edit Word, Excel and PPT file on any android device. I have been waiting for this thing to go on sale since i saw the videos from CES. I realy hope that there is a resistive layer along with capasitive layer to allow for using a stylus (for taking notes).

  9. Kevin Says:

    This thing is put on hold for good :-(
    My first impression was that Notion Ink suppose to flush out the Flash bug and make the Adam available in the late summer (just before the Fall semester starts). Well, I guess not… I have been following Notion Adam on Twitter and the # of followers dropped tremendously. I believe the Adam is due in Thanksgiving, er, Christmas gift?

  10. awesomevegan Says:

    I hope this will have a Kindle App. It would be great for long trips. I have a Kindle 1 already. I like the idea of the LCD and e-ink screen in one.

  11. opo Says:

    LOL! Are you kidding me? Look how thick that thing is! How much does it weigh, 8 lbs? This product is dead on arrival.

    Let’s do a side by side comparison with the iPad for a good laugh.

  12. Ian Says:

    @ opo

    According to Gizmodo, it weighs 1.7 pounds. The ipad is 1.5. Go to the address below for side by side comparisons of this and other tablet-like products coming. I’m looking forward to this and others! More competition = better products and more choice for the consumer, and hopefully at lower price points. Apple stuff is expensive!


  13. JammyJoe Says:

    Notion Ink has created a poll for consumers to select which colors it should come out in. So far Titanium Black and Titanium Grey are leading.

    I voted for METALLIC BLUE which i think looks fresh yet still elegant. VOTE here:


  14. webba Says:

    @ opo
    looks like Gizmodo already did one for you and it is a good laugh, but not in the way you meant. Lets see; better price, better screen, better os, camera, SD memory slot, USB slot, integrated multitasking, similar processor, similar memory, waaaaaay better battery life and only slightly heavier. Oh yeah, it looks way worse than the ipad /sarcasm off

  15. Nate Says:

    I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy a Notion Ink Tablet until I read some stuff a website called notioninkhacks.com The tablet looks very promising and I can’t wait to get it. I would also recommend that everyone visit that website and sign up for the forums. Looks like it’s going to be a great community .

  16. aks Says:

    notion ink should add video & audio calling & also messaging services to make their product more demand-able.
    they should add this services to adam android 3.o honeycomb.

  17. DJ Says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to get one… I’m tired of all the hype surrounding iPad (Apple lovers – yes, I own an Iphone)… but, we need to appreciate an awesome product… with a price range that will set alarm bells in the tablet market…
    These guys need some VC funding to market the product… (wish I had the kind of money to invest)
    3 Cheers!!!

  18. relox Says:

    awesome gadget but i want it 7″ size.. please make make smaller size with same features or must better..

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