[Pibe-division] Cross-post regarding the iPad
EricGuillory at aol.com
EricGuillory at aol.com
Thu May 10 08:47:13 CDT 2012
I got this courtesy of a technology user's list (the Visually Impaired
Computer User's or VICUG list). As you will note by the date of the column, it
is more than a year old, but was just posted to this particular list last
night. So, in that year's time, I'm sure there have been many other uses
for which the iPad has been thought. One enterprising gentleman also suggested
that it makes for a pretty slick coaster as well. But, in all seriousness,
the iPad is revolutionizing accessibility. That fact is not mentioned in
this mainstream column, but we who are blind and/or work with students who
are can attest to that fact.
Eric Guillory, PIBE President
Cool uses for your iPad
Kim’s columns, 2/5/2011
When Apple released the iPad, many wondered how they would use the tablet.
We've since discovered that it's great for:
2. Playing games
3. Watching videos.
But uses for the iPad are nearly limitless. Here’s more:
4. Restaurants are using the iPad in place of menus.
5. Hyundai replaces the owner's manual with an iPad for some car models.
Here are some of the more unique uses for the iPad.
6. Assistive communication
The iPad is a valuable tool for parents of children with autism spectrum
conditions. In fact, it can help anyone with a condition that affects
language. At $190, the Proloquo2Go app isn't cheap. But compared to similar
solutions, it's a bargain—even considering the cost of the iPad.
Proloquo2Go is designed to assist with communication. Users build
sentences by tapping images on the screen. The app can conjugate verbs
automatically. Then, the user simply taps to have the sentence read out loud. It has a
built-in vocabulary of more than 7,000 items. And sentences can be stored
for later use.
7. Credit card processing
The iPad can also be used as a point-of-sale system. Some stores and
restaurants have developed their own apps. The apps allow them to replace cash
registers with iPads. Now anyone can use the iPad to process credit card
The Square app works with a dongle that reads credit cards. Both the app
and the dongle are free. Square charges 2.75 percent of sales. You can
customize the app by adding products. Then, tap a product to add it to a sale.
Or, simply enter the information manually.
8. As a second monitor
It never hurts to have a little more screen real estate. But maybe you
don't want the hassle of adding a second monitor to your computer. The iPad
can be used as a second monitor. And it doesn't take much work.
All you need is Air Display, ($10) on your iPad. You'll also need to
install a free app on your Mac or Windows computer. Both the iPad and computer
must be on the same Wi-Fi network. Then use the iPad to view program
windows. Or, use it as an input tablet!
9. Home automation
It's no surprise that the iPad can control your home entertainment system.
But, it can do much more than that. You can use it to control your home
automation system. Turn appliances on and off. Control your lighting and your
heating or security systems.
You'll need an app that works with your particular home automation system.
And, features will vary from app to app. Start at the manufacturer's site.
Or search the App Store for "home automation" or the name of your system.
You'll find many apps. For example, iHome Touch works with X10 devices;
Indigo Touch works with X10 and INSTEON hardware.
10. Apps to help drivers with:
B. Roadside assistance.
11. Flight controls
You probably wouldn't imagine that there are apps to help pilots. In
truth, The iPad is a valuable tool for pilots. In fact, the iCub aircraft
incorporates an iPad in its instrument panel. The iPad includes a number of apps
to help pilots.
The apps can also be purchased individually from the App Store. For
example, there's ForeFlight Mobile HD, ($75 yearly), which provides access to
radar, flight rules and airport maps. There's also MotionX GPS HD, ($3), which
provides advanced GPS tools.
12. Doctors are using it to monitor patients' vitals.
13. Attorneys are using it to select jurors.
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