Throughout the year I’ve been collecting articles about unusual uses that some technology fans have given to the iPad, one of the most beautiful of Apple’s toys.
Despite the limitations that many people attribute to this tablet, some creative users could use it in a very original way.
In this blog post we will share with you the Top 5 most curious iPad uses in 2010, the year of its launch.
1- The latest Gorillaz album was done in an iPad.
Gorillaz mentor, Damon Albarn, developed “The Fall” during his tour through the United States. Albarn, also lead singer of Blur, only needed 32 days and his iPad to create the 15 tracks included in the new Gorillaz album, which can be downloaded from the band’s website.
Albarn, who normally work 4 years on each album, is really happy with this new experience. He said that this is a completely different album ever and called it “a daily route”, because it is closely linked to the places the band visited during its American tour.
It would be interesting to know which applications were used by Albarn for this last album. Any ideas?
2- iPads used at University of Madrid
The Open University of Madrid and Vodafone Spain Foundation is working on a pilot project on the use of new technologies in the distance learning mode.
For that reason the project managers gave an iPad to 50 of their students. The device’s uses were monitored for one semester by researchers, who are now performing a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the experiment. They expect that the results give answers to several issues, such as the degree of student’s satisfaction, the possibility of eliminating paper and the development of specific technological applications to facilitate the student’s learning process.
3- An iPad received a presidential autograph
At a political meeting in Seattle WA, Sylvester Cann IV, using the Adobe Ideas aplication, wrote: “Mr. President, sign my iPad ”. Just that was what Barack Obama did, who found the idea great.
Then John shared with everybody the scribbles that President Obama did on his iPad, under the wary eye of the Secret Service.
You can see it here!
4- The iPad in the operating room
Japanese and technology have a strange relationship which is often related more to abuse than use.
A group of doctors from the Kobe University used an iPad as a screen during a surgery. When we see on this video one of the doctors using the zoom feature of the device (despite the film wrap and latex gloves it works great!) we can easily wonder if the presence of the tablet in that room is because of medical purposes or just the simple doctor’s pleasure.
5- iPads to draw portraits
David Newman became increasingly popular because of his presence in technology events, drawing attendees’ portraits.
Newman impressed people with his art in events such as the conference of Pius Twitter, DevCamp PayPal and several Google’s events. To achieve these stunning portraits, this artist only needs an Autodesk’s Sketchbook ProPogo stylus and loads of creativity.