The director of the new sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, D.J. Caruso, is just a tad impressed with the iPad:
"Well I think people who are making movies now, I can’t imagine they’re not doing it [using the iPad] because, I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got every previz thing on there, I have every storyboard on there, I have every script and every script note," he said. "I make my shot list on there and from that shot list I just send it… it’s become an amazing tool and I never would have thought it would have kicked in that fast. In fact, I talked to Steven, because I was sending him something from my iPad and he sent something back from his iPad and I thought, ‘Oh you got one!’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ and I told him all these things I was using and he was like, ‘Which apps do you have?’ so here you are sending back which apps you have to Steven Spielberg. everyone’s starting to use it because it really is an amazing tool."
Sounds like the iPad has played a starring role in the production. Very cool to hear that Steven Spielberg appears to be a serious iPad user. Oh, and once again, how does that theory go about the iPad being all about consumption, not a device fit for creating anything on?
News Via: Gizmodo
If you’re planning on staying at the The Plaza hotel in New York, you have one more thing to look forward to, and that’s iPads in every room and suite. Since January, the five star hotel has put iPads in all guest rooms for a multitude of reasons. One of the coolest? The custom app that the iPad runs. Replacing an older touch panel, the new app allows guests to control lights in the room, change their heat and air conditioning systems, order room service, make restaurant reservations, request wake up calls, communicate with the concierge, and even print boarding passes.
Very cool. Sounds like a perfect job for the iPad. A couple more cool things that the hotel is getting right – the iPads are not replacing the human side of service according to the hotel’s general manager:
"They are not meant to replace our concierge service and the personal touch we are known for," Krige says. "It is to provide more choice. At a five star hotel you should have choices—if you want to use the iPad, you can do so. If you want a butler service, that is available, too. If you want to be left alone, that is a choice, as well. By putting the iPads in the guest rooms, we are bringing a new technology to everyone’s fingertips."
The government of Saskatchewan has started using iPads. The Premier, Brad Wall, and all of his 17 cabinet ministers have recently been issued with iPads and this week they held their first cabinet meeting with their iPads in use.
The cost of equipping the cabinet with iPads is around $23,000 – but it’s said that savings on paper and courier costs should amount to double that.
"Frankly, this technology is pretty easy to use," Wall added. "And can be life-changing in terms of the number of binders we usually have in our lives.
Good stuff on kicking binders to the curb, saving some taxpayer money, and embracing some hot new technology. I also like how the Premier is shown laughing at other Canadian provinces who are still waiting on Android tablet devices.
Source: CBC News via Macgasm
Gear Diary has a superb post up detailing some of the ways that my good friend (Rabbi) Dan uses his iPad in his work. I already knew that Dan is a huge gadget fan and a big-time power user of iOS devices, but I had no idea just how much mileage he gets out of his iPad. After reading Carly Z’s post I’m convinced that Dan’s may be the hardest working iPad on the planet.
Apart from recently playing a big role in Carly’s wedding, at which Dan was the officiant, here are just some of the ways Dan puts his iPad to work:
Ways I use my iPad in the rabbinate
- I put most of my liturgical and some of my textbooks on my iPad so I have them with me all the time. What is especially great about using the iPad for lifecycle rituals Is that, prior to the service I can customize the text and add my notes into it and then have everything right there at my fingertips. No more holding one book and then having note cards or text on a separate page.