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Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard

Pixel Qi developing new panel sizes; “several” new customers onboard

It was shortly after Pixel Qi chief Mary Lou Jepsen tipped "specialized tablets with multitouch" back in December 2009 that we got our first glimpse of the Notion Ink Adam, and so forgive us for getting excited when the CEO confirms several more panel customers and different display sizes in the pipeline.  Speaking to E-Ink-Info, Jepsen wouldn't confirm which new companies had signed up to use the hybrid display but did say that they're going into "a variety of new product categories."

Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

While we were with NVIDIA today, we ran into one of the guys from tablet start-up Notion Ink. We've covered their Adam tablet several times here at SlashGear, and so jumped at the chance for a hands-on with their latest prototype unit. The company have confirmed that there will be two models on offer when the Adam hits the market in Q3 2010, one with the innovative Pixel Qi display (at 12.9mm thick) and another (11.6mm thick) regular LCD.  They've also sent over a video demo of a Flash-based digital magazine, which you can see after the cut.

Video hands-on & Flash digital magazine demo after the cut

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Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

Notion Ink Adam: Flash, iPad comparison & App Competition

One of the most exciting products from CES 2010 last month was Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi's innovative low-power display.  The company had brought along a prototype they could exclusively show us, and now they've sent over renders of what's likely to be the final Adam design complete with some mockups of a SlashGear digital magazine.  And, since Apple's long-awaited entrant to the tablet arena - the iPad - has since made its debut, we also asked Notion Ink just how Adam holds up to the new competition.

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Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

Tablets, tablets all around (& not just Notion Ink)

One of the big surprises from CES 2010 last week was the sheer number of tablets. Perhaps, what with the persistent rumors of Apple's imminent entrance to the segment, that shouldn't be seen as too unusual, but as many commenters seem to have conveniently forgotten, this isn't exactly a new niche in the tech world. Microsoft, however badly they subsequently managed it, lent their weight behind compact tablets (aka UMPCs or Ultra-Mobile PCs) back in the days of Origami, and more recently we've seen PMPs first grow large, video-capable displays and then borrow internet functionality from notebooks as WiFi proliferated.

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

We first told you about Notion Ink and their Adam tablet back in December, and since then they've captured plenty of attention at CES 2010 for including NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chipset and being the first use of a Pixel Qi display. We caught up with Notion Ink, company founder Rohan Shravan and the Adam prototype today for an extended discussion, not only about the hardware but exclusively about the company's plans and expectations for content and usage models.  Check out our exclusive photos and never-before-seen video after the cut.

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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

CES 2010 is likely to see a fair few internet tablets being announced, but SlashGear has heard about one particular model that has more than a little promise. Notion Ink's as-yet unnamed Android "smartpad" is based on an unnanounced NVIDIA Tegra T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, and - perhaps most interestingly - is the first confirmed device to use the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink are saving the live hardware shots for CES - hence the renders - but they did send us some photos of the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 Pixel Qi panel in action, which you can see after the cut along with the full specifications.

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“Specialized tablets” with multitouch first to use Pixel Qi displays

“Specialized tablets” with multitouch first to use Pixel Qi displays

Pixel Qi have announced that their first batch of production displays will be ready shortly, and confirmed that the first recipients for the panels will be "specialized tablet devices with multi-touch".  Project lead Mary Lou Jepsen does not reveal the identity of the manufacturer using the Pixel Qi screens - which work as color LCDs in regular lighting, but can be read as easily as e-ink panels in direct sunlight - but did say that the company's customers will be at CES with her company.

Pixel Qi developing sub-10W $100 HDTV

Pixel Qi developing sub-10W $100 HDTV

Pixel Qi have announced that not only are they beginning mass production of their innovative display technology this coming December, but that they've a new product category in their sights.  The company has apparently begun to design a new HDTV with power consumption so low that it can be run from a solar panel, hand-crank or simply a small rechargeable battery.  Pixel Qi's target price for the ultra-frugal set is just $100.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

After Palm's big moment last weekend, Apple once again seized the headlines with their WWDC 2009 keynote on Monday morning.  We showed up to liveblog the whole announcement, expecting a new smartphone, and the company delivered in the shape of the iPhone 3G S - twice the speed, twice the storage, and the same styling as the iPhone 3G - together with a launch date for iPhone OS 3.0.  However, Apple weren't content with just that: they also brought along a new MacBook Pro range complete with integrated batteries; check out our video unboxing and first-impressions.

Pixel Qi 3Qi vs Amazon Kindle; Mary Lou Jepson Q&A [Video]

Pixel Qi 3Qi vs Amazon Kindle; Mary Lou Jepson Q&A [Video]

Pixel Qi's recent demonstrations of their clever 3Qi LCD display have prompted multiple questions from would-be users keen to stretch more battery life out of their notebooks and netbooks, and the company's CTO (and 3Qi creator) Mary Lou Jepsen has stepped up to answer them.  Among the most anticipated questions, Jepsen addresses price: according to her, the rumored $200 tag is not for the display itself but an estimated cost for an entire netbook using the indoor/outdoor 3Qi screen.

Video Q&A and 3Qi vs Kindle demo after the cut

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