NVidia to launch a touch screen Android OS PC powered by 8 core chip that runs for 25 days

NVIDIA and Notion Ink, launches ‘Adam’, a touch screen tablet at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010, a high-tech IT product that was completely developed in India, marking the country’s big entry into product development.

With NVIDIA’s Tegra system-on-chip at its heart, Adam is a device the new generation technology user dreams of. Its battery can work for 25 days. It will have only a screen and no physical key board. One can manoeuvre the cursor using the finger commands from the front or at the back. It will have a camera that can rotate to take pictures and videos, or for video chat. It can talk to other smart devices, including phones.

Tech Spec

OS                            Google Android
General                 2G , 3G Network Triband UMTS/HSDPA GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G Network          HSDPA 1700 / 2100 / 900
Status                    Available. January 2010
Size                        Dimensions     6.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 inches , 1.7 pounds
Display                 10.1 inch display capable of displaying 1024 x 600 pixels, Full HD capability Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity,     Ambient light, Water sensors
Memory
Internal                Solid State 16/32 GB storage, can be increased further with SD card
Card slot               microSD,
Data                     GPRS     Class 32
3G                         HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps
WLAN                   Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA
Bluetooth              Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Connectivity           USB, HDMI,
Sound                   a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone input
USB                     Yes, v2.0 microUSB
Camera                  Primary     3MP, 2576×1936 pixels,
CPU                     eight-core NVIDIA’s Tegra T20 system-on-chip
GPS                     Yes, with A-GPS support;
Battery                Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)
48hrs standby on its integrated rechargeable Li-Ion battery,
8hrs of HD video playback and 16hrs of internet surfing over WiFi
25 Days on Music play

6.3 by 9.8-inch device works on Google’s Android and Mary Lou’s Pixel Qi that offers a paper display, putting no pressure on the eyes. With 1024X600 wide SVGA colour resolution, the screen contains finger-print-resistant oleophobic coating. With a capacity of up to 32 GB flash drive, it would have SD card support, a digital compass, GPS and Wi-Fi.

It can run for 25 days if one wants to listen to just music. It can run eight hours of high-definition video or 16 hours of Wi-Fi Web use, Rohan Shravan, founder and Director, Creatives, of Notion Ink, claims.

The half-inch thick device is likely to be priced at USD$ 300. The device would be connected to specially-devised servers called Genesis.

How they managed to tackle these challenges one by one could be a good case study for wannabe entrepreneurs.

With angel funding from an IT consultant, the team started looking for people to work on the project. They needed about 50 engineers, both hardware and software.

After discussions with several colleges, they tied up with BVRIT, a technology institute not very far from the Hi-Tec City, the hub of all the IT activity in Andhra Pradesh.

The arrangement was simple. Notion Ink would utilise the lab as its development centre and the students as its workforce, while the students get training in the industry-ready technologies such as Android and cloud.

“We then roped in the National Institute of Design (at the Bangalore Research and Development campus) to discuss the user interface that should go into the next generation tablet,” Shravan explains.

As some of them got down to the task of planning the design, internal architecture of the product, HR aspects and infrastructure, the remaining members of the team went to the US and Taiwan to address the hardware and manufacturing needs. While they joined hands with NVIDIA for Tegra, they teamed up with TPK for touch screens and another Original Device Manufacturer for manufacturing the complete product.

Seeing a good idea, NVIDIA offered to handhold the team. “Theirs is a brilliant idea and we have seen the burning desire in them to create an innovative product. It has got good potential in India in the fields of education, entertainment and telemedicine,” J.A. Chowdhary, Managing Director of NVIDIA India, points out.

After nearly a year’s hard work and consuming all the monies they earned for a year or two before Notion Ink, the team has not run out of steam as yet.

They are now busy testing the device with some telecom companies for cross-check connectivity issues.

“We are going to get the first batch of 60 Adams. We are in talks with content providers and have signed pacts in some segments. These tie-ups will be for content delivery and content aggregation,” Shravan says.

Looks like Notion Ink will be competing with a similar system laucnhed by Converged Devices

Android 2.0 Eclair
186mm x 158mm x 18mm
7″ Touchscreen
NVIDIA Tegra
512 DDR / 512 NAND
1.3 MP Web Cam
4GB Internal SD (non removable)
Micro SD
Bluetooth 2.1
Wireless 802.11 b/g
USB 2.0
2g/3g Data
Cellular
3.5mm Audio Jack
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Dual digital microphones
FM Radio

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Research on plants to produce pharmaceutical drugs

I have got too lazy after I started using twitter. So instead of posting  news story in my blog I just updated my twitter @clinicalsearch about  Dr Josh Mylne from the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at University of Queensland receiving research fund to support research on plants to produce pharmaceutical drugs http://digs.by/10R9

My first thoughts about the news was,  there is already a science called Ayurveda that uses the plants themselves. But of course that’s ancient science and does not offer huge commerical potential and yes, where is the green cover to create enough medicinal plants.

Surprisingly FDA and USDA has an ongoing work to produce draft guidance for industry in the production and use of pharmaceutical producing plants.

Not Surprisingly there is an article that dates back to 2004, requesting for a ban on Plant-based Transgenic Pharmaceuticals refered at the time as pharm crops.

But today the idea is gaining momentum again, in Feb 2009 SmartCell, an EU-funded project, has been awarded EUR 6 million to develop tools to synthesise valuable pharmaceutical products using plant cells.

One in 10 hospital prescriptions in UK ‘is wrong

I am not concerned about the number of mistakes made in UK hospitals. As a pharmacist I am concerned, if UK has such a high rate of medication errors, then what would be the rates in countries like India, where Pharmacists almost never over ride the prescriptions and physicians treat more than 100 patients every day.

Read about the study published in Gurdian which states that   Doctors in UK make mistakes in about 8% of the prescriptions they write for hospital patients, and depends on pharmacist and nurses to correct them- the study was commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/dec/03/prescription-errors-junior-doctors

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6942289.ece

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/dec/03/junior-doctor-prescription-mistakes-study

Indian Government to make biometric ID mandatory for clinical trials

Hit with allegations in the western media about unethical practices in conducting clinical trials, The Indian government and regulatory authorities are making a bolder move planning mandatory biometric identification for clinical trial volunteers in India.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare plans to ask all clinical research organisations to enforce biometric identification for the volunteers they recruit for their clinical trials, according to officials at the ministry. Data from the trials will then have to be made available for scrutiny by regulators, civil society groups and the clinical trial industry.

Incidently the government is already started working on a The national Unique Identity Card project (popularly called UID project), mooted on the lines of Social Security Numbers in US.  Heades now by former Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani who said to have influeced the Book the World is Flat by Friedman. The Indian UID project is project is expected to cost $ 30 Billion USD.

According to the plan, govt proposes to issue a unique identification number to all citizens by 2011. The Unique Identification Authority of India shall own and operate the unique identification number database and also look after its updation and maintenance on an ongoing basis. In the beginning, the UID number will be assigned based on the National Population Register or electoral rolls. Photographs and biometric data will be added to make the identification foolproof

read on the details at http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/govt-may-make-biometric-id-mandatory-for-clinical-trials/378554/

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