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]