Remember the Notion Ink Adam? We'll forgive you if you don't -- the device fell a bit short of expectations, and news of its successor has been scarce. Save for a few teasing tweets, Notion Ink has kept the project pretty close to its chest. That changed this weekend, however, when the tablet's price and specifications were announced at India's National Technology Awards. According to the press release (after the break) and a pamphlet reportedly given to attendees, the Adam II will sell
for 12,000 Indian Rupees (about $217) later this year, packing in a 1.5GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex CPU, twin 2-megapixel cameras, 1GB RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The tablet also boasts a secondary screen, albeit a small one: a monochrome ticker that displays Android notifications on the Adam's book-like spine. HDMI, headphone and micro-USB ports crowd the device's adjacent edges, which wrap around a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display -- a concession that was apparently made to increase longevity. Local and international availability was sadly left out of the announcements, but it's nice to finally see this project gain some steam.
Update: Notion Ink has reached out to let us know that the 12,000 rupee price cited in the PR is incorrect. We've asked the company to clarify the pricing and will let you know if we hear back.
President Gives Away National Technology Day Awards 2013
Also Launches Innovative Products Supported by Technology Development Board And CSIR
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today presented National Technological Awards at a function held here in Vigyan Bhawan to mark the National Technology Day 2013.
The National Award for 2013 was given to M/s Biovet Private Limited, Malur, Kolar, Karnataka for successful commercial production of Bluetongue pentavalent vaccine and Johne's disease vaccine for the first time in India. The technology was provided by Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Shri S.N. Singh, Managing Director, M/s Biovet Private Limited, Malur, KolaralongwithDr. Tapas Bhattacharyawill receive the award. Dr. Gaya Prasad Singh, Acting Director, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar, UP received the award.
Instituted by the Technology Development Board (TDB) in 1999 the Award carries an amount of Rs.10Lakh and a trophy each to the Industrial Concern and the technology provider.
The Award to encourage Small Scale Industries (SSI units) for 2013 and also to successfully commercialize product based on indigenous technologies, developed by SSI Unit for the year 2013 was given to M/s PYRODYNAMICS, Bengaluru for development and commercialization of a digital Strain Measurement System. Shri S. Ravi Prakash, Smt. Padmaja received the award. Instituted by the Technology Development Board. The award carries an amount of Rs. 5 Lakhs and a trophy.
The Second award in this category went to M/s Accurate Gauging & instruments Pvt. Ltd, Pune for development and commercialization of a Coordinate Measuring Machine in 3D device for Measuring the Physical Geometrical Characteristics of an Object. Shri VikramSalunkhe, Shri S. Diveker received the award.
To promote development & commercialization of Biotechnology Products, Department of Biotechnology instituted Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialisation Awards. The award carries cash prize of Rs. 2.00 lakhs, citation & a trophy to each awardee. There are Four Awards in this category
This year's Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialisation Awards for 2013 were awarded to Dr.Samit Kumar Nandi from West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences for his pioneering work in developing of methods of using biomaterials in treatment of orthopaedic surgical challenges.
Dr. K.M. Shankar (Kalkuli MariappaHegde Shankar) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, were awarded for development of Farmer level Monoclonal antibody based Diagnostics Kits for white spot virus of shrimp and other four aquatic pathogens in India.
Dr. R K Vijh and his team from National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal got the award for development parentage verification kits of Buffalo, cattle, sheep, goat, camel, Yak and Mithun.
Dr. Daman Saluja from University of Delhi was awarded for his pioneering work for developing the PCR BASED DIAGNOSTIC KIT FOR NEISSERIA & CHLAMYDIA
This year's National Award for Technology Business Incubator went to Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai, Erode, Tamil Nadu. Chairman TBI Mr. P. Sathiya Moorthy, and Prof S. Kuppuswami,Principal of KEC Erode will received the award.
Department of Science & Technology instituted Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) in academic institutions to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The National Award for best TBI is given to an incubator that has shown outstanding performance in creation of technology based new enterprises. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3.00 lakh, Certificate and a trophy.
On this occasion following Innovative Products supported by Technology Development Board and CSIR were also launched:
The First product which is Blood Chemistry Analyser & Compact Portable Mobile Lab developed by Sh. Amit Bhatnagar, an IITian with the assistance of TDB. This Analyser supports the analysis of 23 parameters which includes Haemoglobin count, Blood Glucose, Urea, Uric Acid, Creatinine, Total Protein, Bilirubin, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, SGPT, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorous. Cost of testing all 23 parameters on this device is less than Rs. 120 per person. The analyser is capable of analyzing 4000 samples during a day. The Blood chemistry analyzer costs around Rs. 80,000/-.
The Second product that is Handheldintegrated battery operated microPCR(Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Device with real-time detection. This device has been developed by M/s bigtec, Bangalore with support from CSIR-NMITLI. This PCR can detect Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Hepatitis B and H1N1, ailments that contribute significantly to the disease burden in India. The device is expected to cost a tenth of a conventional real-time PCR.
As a Third item President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Science and Technology Earth Sciences Minister Shri Reddy also released the Science & Technology Report titled "India: Science and Technology"capturing India's S&T progress over the years emphasising on the nation's objectives to drive innovation at full strength. The report has been published by CSIR and covers subjectson S&T and Human Resources; Innovation Support System; S&T and Industry; S&T Outputs and Patents; and Rural Development and S&T Strategies.
The fourth item launched is a modular Tablet PC designed, developed and manufactured by two young IITians- Sh. Rohan Pandey and Sh. Rohit Rathi. Their Tablet PC is differentiated from other similar product in the market as it integrates ZigBee along with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. Its design is inspired from the look of a book and it has 2 displays, one in front like a Magazine and another on the spine to show secondary information. This advanced version is intended to be marketed at a price of Rs. 12,000/- per unit in the Indian market.