Just some quick observations- I’ve noticed iPads popping up in some of the most unexpected places. There have been plenty of stories lately about business uses for the iPad: taking the place of heavy flight manuals for commercial jet pilots, being used as a laptop substitute for business road warriors, or multi-purpose textbook for students. The iPad already has a host of uses in the medical world, from access to information about drugs to patient’s charts to viewing diagnostic images.
Now, the larger version of Apple’s electronic Swiss Army Knife has been finding entirely new, unexpected uses. At a recent art exhibit held at the library of my alma mater the piano player was using an iPad instead of traditional sheet music. It made perfect sense- even the smallest capacity iPad could hold a vast library of music, and if the right app was used the musician could even turn the page without having to touch the screen.
The iPad has been a fantastic conduit for financial transactions as well. Thanks to several innovative accessories any merchant with an iPad with cellular data capability can accept credit or debit cards anywhere. I’ve been to remote farmer’s markets that have been able to accommodate my disdain for carrying cash (and my predilection for using card cases in order to forgo a traditional wallet). One of my favorite local restaurants uses a specially mounted iPad instead of a traditional cash register.
The iPad (and its iOS brethren) are remarkably powerful and versatile devices. While their intended uses are broad, with a little insight and innovation they can be used for so much more.
- SwingHolder stand holds your iPad so you don’t have to (reviews.cnet.com)
- A Good iPad Fluency Graphic for Teachers (educatorstechnology.com)
- Magazines Find Success Selling iPad Ads (mashable.com)