We have been avidly following the progression of the Notion Ink Adam Tablet for most of this year and have even interviewed CEO Rohan Shravan for the Good e-Reader Magazine. Today we want to give you some information regarding what went into the design phase of things regarding the Adam.
Most tablet and slate computers are very secretive during the design progress and most companies play their cards extremely close to their chest until a final product is available. Notion Ink has been a pleasant surprise, bucking this trend throughout their entire design process.
One of Notion Ink’s claims to fame and rising popularity in geek culture has been the transparency of the company since they first announced the tablet in 2009. Throughout the design phase, they keep the community informed via their Facebook Group page, the Notion Ink Blog, and other forms of media. In a recent blog post, the CEO has given us some inkling of why they went into the direction they did.
In a two part series Notion Ink is giving us a rare glimpse on what aspects they are developing, and are looking at many of the engineering considerations that have been undertaken in the main design aspect of the device.
Some of the big news items they go into is what went into the design process and mentality of holding the device in both Horizontal and Landscape mode. They also go in depth on how you actually hold the device, and how the smooth and rounded corners of the Adam will contribute to being able to hold it for longer periods of time, without feeling weighted down. In the picture at the top of this article they show the design change between July and December of 2009 and how the on-board camera and GPS factored into the change.
They also go indepth in explaining the USB port intergration and explain the grill style format they went with, and how that will benefit customers. They also give us some inkling to what might go into the design of the Notion Ink Adam 2, such as HDMI, Mini USB and other features, claiming it was unfeasible for them to release this in the Adam, citing start up costs.
Check out the Full Article along with pictures on the Notion Ink Site.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.