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Notion Ink Adam will ship with a broken ‘feature’

updated 06:05 am EST, Tue December 21, 2010

Will ship with disabled sensor

Notion Ink will ship its Adam tablet with an unusable feature. Notion Ink Hacks, in a Q & A with Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan asked whether Notion Ink will update the Adam so that the 'mystery feature' noted on its product specs page, a trackpad, will be enabled. In response, Shravan said that he did know if it would be enabled and that it was going to take more time that Notion Ink had anticipated to a get the function working in the way it was intended.

However, Shravan indicated that the tablet could in fact be hacked by opening it and adding "...as big a trackpad as possible and it will just work", but with the x axis reversed. Also revealed in the interview is that the multi-touch function will operate in e-paper mode on the Pixel Qi version and that Notion Ink had put in place anti-rooting measures. While it ultimately plans on releasing a tool kit in order to recover the ROM, it would not happen immediately.

The first production run of the Adam tablet has now completely sold out, although it will reportedly still make its official debut at CES 2011. What users will be able to make of the trackpad hack should prove interesting when they begin receiving their devices as promised in the next 8 to 12 weeks. [via I4U News]



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  1. facebook_Mark

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    Electronista - get your facts straight

    I read the Q&A too, and it's not at all clear that the 'broken feature' is the same as the 'mystery feature'.

    In fact, I'm pretty certain that possibility was ruled out by Notion Ink CEO Rohan via the blog, where he said that all suggestions up to that point in the debate for the mystery feature were wrong, and trackpad had been mentioned already.

    Also, it's not a 'broken' feature, it's a disabled feature!!!! Your wording is really rather vindictive.

    Most devices ship with functionality build into the motherboard but not enabled, because boards are often built for generic use and companies utilise what they want.

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