Plus: Mail'd for the Adam
Notion Ink has just released yet another of their weekend blog updates. This one starts off with a video of the Adam's weather app in action. We see a cartoon New York in the grips of a thunderstorm, animated and with sound. Gradually, it unfolds into an ad for the Adam.
Traditional touchscreen displays tend to be rather glossy, as that type of screen resists scratches best. Glossy displays look good in ads, but they're a pain in the butt on a sunny day. Which is why Notion Ink devoted a lot of time to building a scratch-resistant matte display. They show photos from their stress tests to prove its resilience.
On the UI front, NI unveiled the "Mail'd" app. It has all the standard features you'd expect from an email app, plus "Missing attachments", "offline mode" and "UNDO sent email" functions. It sounds like you'll even be able to set up and program emails to deliver as soon as your Adam reaches Internet again.
We also get a shot of the Adam's Sniffer file browser, which was created to give you more control than simple auto-syncing software provides. This all ties in to one of Notion Ink's over-arching goal for the Adam. They want this tablet to be able to operate totally independently. That means being able to update itself, store and share data, think or move files. It also means improved offline capabilities, as seen with the Mail'd app.
To recap, the Adam is due to launch at some point on or before CES 2011. A pre-Christmas launch is possible.
Notion Ink's tablet has drawn a lot of attention from the tech press. Some of that is due to the hardware. Sure, the Adam has a Tegra 2 processor, but it also has a ton of neat little features that add up in a big way. Like the Pixel Qi display, which switches between LCD and E-Paper. That increases battery efficiency, and makes reading in the sunlight a lot more pleasant.
The Adam has a roll in the back, to concentrate weight closer to the wrist in order to reduce hand strain. It has loud, resonant speakers and runs under a UI named Genesis that has been heavily customized for the tablet form-factor. The Adam is a luxury device, filled with little frills (like a rotating camera!) that you just can't find elsewhere on the market.
Unfortunately, you can't find the Adam yet either. And until it launches, all we can do is hope Notion Ink isn't a bag of hot air.