“iPad Killers” from India

The Indian consumer electronics industry is going through a bit of a overhaul. From “Indian” Mobile Phones to various innovative gadgets, the Indian Electronics Industry is definitely giving a good fight to the international players in India like the Nokia’s, the Samsung’s, the LG’s and the likes. It was all play nice, we are the new kids on the block, until they started to make a dent in the markets of these guys. Most of us know that Nokia has not been performing in the smart phone segment, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer has its strength in the low cost mobile sector, and that is now being challenged by the likes of Maxx Mobiles,Karbon Mobiles, MicroMax and others.

But looks like Indian Companies are not just happy with making a dent. They are now going for the Mother load, Apple and the likes. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know about my obsession with the Innovation in India as well as a bit of a hatred with the iPad. What sparked off this post is actually a re look into the Indian Pioneer who decided to take on the Pi, Infibeam. And what surprised me was that they have an iPad lookalike ready, running both Android and Windows as optional. Yes, you did hear that right ! I thought it would make a nice look at these so called, “iPad Killers” from India. So, here goes.

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Google bites off a piece of the Apple

[tweetmeme] Google and Apple have been on it for quite some time, and one seems to be trying to outsmart the other all the time. I have been trying to show the aspects of Apple and Google that inspire innovation. I am a big fan of both Apple as well as Google and Google has always been the one closer to my heart. The rivalry of the two giant companies is beautifully demonstrated in this infographic by GigaOm. However, in terms of attacking emerging markets, Google has taken a bite off Apple, in what the Apple could have done, to what Google have managed to do.

Interestingly, my past few posts have all been about bashing Apple about their “poor performance” with the iPad. Infact I also bought up the aspect of what the iPad could have been. And acting as straight out of the post and the imagination of Mac Funamizu of Petit Invention, Google has just announced at the Mobile World Conference that we do not really need to learn another language. The post about what the iPad could have been, showed what a device about Augmented Reality should be be able to do. Google in an attempt to sort of bridge the gap has come up with their first offering Google Goggles.

Googles Goggles adding an additional feature, has just demoed the application translating some text, at the Mobile World Conference. Here is a demo below.

It’s still in the experimentation phase, but ideally you can just snap a picture of something you need translated — a street sign, a menu, directional aids — and Google Goggles will send your pic to the server and have a response back to you with translated text in seconds.

Will this open up avenues for amazing devices lined up like the Notion Ink Adam, using an Android platform and can make use of more applications like the Layar and Google Goggles. Only time will tell, but this seems to be the first bold forray of Google into Augmented Reality, and we just hope that its not the last.

iPad Killer from India … Satisfaction Guarantee

I have been long criticizing the iPad for its lack of innovation and hardware to achieve any, even if developers would get their hands on them. Well now there is an Indian company, who has just like reading out of my criticism come up with the ADAM, like its name suggests its the first of its kind from India. Not only matching up, but also beating the Apple iPad in its own battle field.

Developed by Indian company Notion Ink and the brain child of Rohan Shravan, an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur , the Adam runs on NVIDIA’s Tegra T20 chipset and Android. It supports 1080p Full HD video playback, has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA, A-GPS, a digital compass, accelerometer and proximity, ambient light and water sensors. And yes it does have a swivel 3-megapixel autofocus camera with video recording support and supports Flash. Connectivity options include USB, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone input.

The Adam is quite slim measuring 6.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches and weighing 770 gms. It has 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage and uses the Pixel Qi transflective display. Notion Ink’s Adam will allow 8hrs of HD video playback and 16hrs of internet surfing over WiFi.

In face Slashgear one of the most popular internet tech, gadget magazine is featuring the Notion Ink Adam, and has also done a Hands on Special, praising it and proclaiming it, “So good, it will wash the iPad from your memory”

Well these are just prototype 3D visuals from the people who are following the device, not really the manufacturers. Which just means one thing. The device is more anticipated than the Apple iPad. You can check out the SlashgearAdam review here, and follow the rest of the conversation here.

By the way, like me please go and show your appreciation and support for the Adam on their website here.