Adam Could Have Wireless Induction Charger?
Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink has just sent out yet another of his weekly blog updates. The last one revealed that the Adam would pack a Photoshop-style app complete with layers. Today's may be the most exciting yet.
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The big announcement was that Notion Ink plans to recognize their community of commenters by allowing people who have posted messages to the Adam blog to get priority during the pre-order process. This is a seriously cool nod to the community, something that the Adam's small legion of manic fans will really appreciate.
You have to respect a company that treats their fanboys well. But the really interesting thing here is how this news coincides with the Adam's rumored launch date. Embedded code in the website seems to be a clock counting down to December 9. Next Thursday, in other words. This may be the day pre-orders will open.
The timing of this announcement definitely lends some weight to that rumor. Also, Rohan has updated his post to note that they may be able to expand their pre-order priority to folks who post on THIS blog entry. So get over there and post if you want an Adam, early.
Also of note: the Adam looks likely to be in Europe at launch, or very quickly thereafter. NI has a team of sales and marketing people there now. Rohan also notes that there are four areas where his team worried that Android might be infringing on a patent. They used their own solution instead and gained a few patents.
December 6 is - the Gingerbread launch date- is also going to be the day we will "find out how fast Notion Ink can work". This could mean that the Adam will launch with Android 2.3 standard- they note that the Eden multitasking feature is "extremely compatible" with 2.3.
Speaking of proprietary Adam features, the Browser deserves some note here. First, they set the allocated application memory high to avoid "out-of-memory" crashes. One Adam programmer brags that "Our browser has beaten every browser in the world in switching tabs".
Rohan included a few weird poems that hint at the identity of the Adam's hidden sensor. Right now, the two front-runners seem to be either an infa-red sensor, or an induction charger. A poster in the NotionAddicts forum had this to say,
"On the code, D5720A80 is 3581020800 in decimal, which is the UNIX timestamp of June 24, 2083. Looking around, a guy has come up with timestamp 0 and subtract out the July 10, 1856 at 0:00, which is the date of birth of Nikola Tesla. This is rumored there that the "secret feature" will be the induction charger ..."
There has also been some speculation that the secret sensor may be a motion sensor. That would allow for some interesting gesture controls.
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Whatever the answer is, we should know it soon. The clock is ticking down to December 9...