Yesterday saw the presentation of Apple’s newest game-changing tablet, the insurmountable iPad 2; however, if we look at the amount of news and commentary cropping up about it, we’d think that all the hype caught up to it. Even rain and wind didn’t stop the media from flooding into the theater when the doors opened or dampen their spirits when Steve Jobs himself mounted the stage to exalt the sheer innovation packaged in this smarter, slimmer device.
What could be pulling attention away from this momentous event? Taking one look at my usual social media sources, and I know the answer: Charlie Sheen got himself a Twitter account. Sucked the air right out of the room.
Well, I think that we can one up him. Charlie Sheen may have two eyes, but the iPad 2 comes with two cameras.
“The most significant features for business, from my perspective, are the cameras,” says Giles Nugent, Instructor at SAE Institute and Owner of Eamonn and Ian LLC. “All jokes aside about the iPad being a nirvana for teenage girls video chatting, the camera expands the iPad into some critical business roles. Video conferencing is now available anywhere, anytime. Imagine business people needing to ‘check with the office’. Just start a video chat and everyone can have a conversation.”
The iPad 2 comes to us with a developer community, ready and willing to take on anything and ready to make use of all the things it has to offer. Aside from the obvious offerings from Apple to come along with the release of the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3, there’s already a NASA augmented reality app on the verge of being released for the device.
The applications could be endless.
Giles continues, “The rear facing camera allows users to take pictures of a situation (an accident, or a victim), add some comments, and immediately send that information along to an expert or a referring resource.” Raise your hand if you expect to see a movie production app that would place a small version of the user’s face in the corner while recording the scene with the rear camera—a little picture-in-picture for people who want to keep all the emotion on their face visible while presenting.
Conversely, why disrupt a business conversation just to get pictures of a product while walking around the floor of a factory when the forward camera and microphone could keep the presenter in frame as they click pictures and spin them off to their viewers.
In fact, should someone with an iPad 2 be pressing buttons, ringing bells, and blowing whistles and see our new Twitter celeb, Charlie, crossing the street those twin cameras would come in handy in getting every detail. Then you can tweet about it and send it @charliesheen!