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Notion Ink talks Adam design and why the wedge is awesome



As they continue the endless march toward the release of their Adam tablet, Notion Ink has posted a well-explained article about the Adam’s design. Among other things, they extol the virtues of its wedge shape. Sounds familiar.

After going through a series of design changes, Notion Ink finally settled on a wedge form with a 3-degree elevation. Why?

1. Provide a Natural Angle of Viewing (else the device is horizontal and will face severe reflections, your hands obstructs more of the screen view and every thing specially test looks like a perspective view instead of straight )
2. Provide an easy way to hold the device (some devices are there are not there to hold, either too slippery or you don’t have confidence that you can hold it for hours), and
3. Swivel Camera (which will require a rotating arm and from here the cylindrical area emerged)

The phrase “F’n brilliant” comes to mind, mostly because that was Shogmaster’s response when I proposed a wedge-type slate design back in January in which I cited those same three points. And before anyone points out that Notion Ink announced their tablet last year, keep in mind, their initial mock-up was not their current wedge, which I did not see until later. Call it an example of parallel evolution, but I still made the argument for wedge design first.

Regardless, it’s a good explanation of the shape and other design choices of the Adam. The wedge design is well-supported. It’s a good-looking device, but the long wait until everyone can get a good look at the device is tortuous.




  1. Fred

    09/18/2010 at 12:33 pm

    Notion Adam talks… talks… and talks

  2. Feralboy

    09/18/2010 at 5:51 pm

    Interesting. The TM2 has a battery hump that people who’ve never used it often consider a design flaw. I’m always looking for something to prop up my tablet when working on it, so the battery hump is an asset, not a flaw. The Tx1100 had flip down feet for the same reason. Wow, is there anything that the Tx1100 didn’t cover?

    • Feralboy

      09/18/2010 at 5:53 pm

      Oops, I meant “TC1100”.

    • Sleepy

      09/19/2010 at 5:29 pm

      I have a tm2 and cannot understand why the default is for the rotation to be OPPOSITE of the comfort position when you go into tablet mode. It’s actually ANTI-comfortable. So I have to flip it around with the rotation button each time I go into tablet mode. Very odd.

      Anyway, very much looking forward to holding the Adam.

  3. jl

    09/18/2010 at 6:15 pm

    “Great minds think alike” :)?

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