Black Friday? Pssh. More like Tablet Friday. Today, some very interesting pieces of information have come out of Notion Ink’s new website thanks to the easter eggs they’ve been putting up. Firstly, a daily binary counter in the upper-right corner of the site has been counting down, and through countless man hours of scientific experiments and deductive reasoning, we’ve been able to peg December 9th as a special day for the Adam tablet. Announcement? Pre-orders? We don’t know, but we’ll be watching closely come that time.
Another hint was found in the site’s source code. The Notion Ink team silently slipped this message into the markup:
“For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, here’s a tidbit for you, there’s a very awesome hidden sensor we’re going to be revealing soon .”
I’ve never been one to get excited for sensors on a smartphone or tablet device, but Notion Ink seems to have gotten me. I want to know what it is and I want to know now. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait to hear more on that unless someone is able to find out ahead of Notion Ink’s timeline. Finally, what looks to be a model number of some sort has appeared below the binary countdown. It reads “-D5720A80”. Actually, I haven’t the slightest idea of what it could be. It’s rather long-winded for a model number, and it’s not often you see a model number with letters sitting between the integers.
Thinking back to my programming days, I realized it looks a lot like Hex code, and a quick spin of a hexadecimal converter brought about the following number: 3,581,020,800. A quick trip to Wolfram|Alpha lets me know that 3,581,020,800 miliseconds is equivalent to 41.44700, or 41 when rounded down. I then thought back to the daily countdown timer and figured out that January 4th is 41 days from now. What else is on January 4th, you say? Of course, it’s CES.
Other theories have popped up, but this just makes too much sense. I could be wrong (especially considering the hex code would have to change very often to support a countdown theory unless it’s programmed to update once per day), but there’s really nothing else to go on. Just circle January 4th and December 9th on your calendars and be on the lookout. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the site from now on to see if anything changes (if that Hex number isn’t any different tomorrow, then we can rule out the countdown theory for sure.)
I almost forgot there were some other tablets to talk about! Woow’s bringing out their 10-inch tablet that has Tegra 2 packed in, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and more according to the source who leaked information on it. We’re sure we’ll here more about it as CES nears.
Finally, the Advent Vega has been hacked and a ROM has been made to include the full suite of Google apps to help round out the experience. MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien was our benefactor – as he often is – and he even has an add-on which will speed the thing up even more. If you were able to get your hands on one of these tablets (they sold out like hot cakes on a cold Sunday morning), then you might want to take a look at this thread.