Ways in which iPad is changing our lives

The London Evening Standard magazine recently published an interesting article called “iPad city - how the Apple tablet is powering London”, describing various ways in which the iPad is being used. From musicians, fashion designers and barmen to teachers and doctors, the iPad is creating an iRevolution in London and all around the world!Last week we introduced you to some reasons why the iPad rocks. Apart from these conventional attributes, today we thought we’d share a few other ways in which the iPad is changing how we live and work! Food and drink It was about a year ago when I went to have dinner at Thai Rice, a restaurant in Maida Vale, and saw iPads on each table, available for entertainment. Recently, things have developed further, and many eateries use the iPads for wine lists, menus and taking orders. Some places use iPads for childcare: they have a video camera in the play area which is linked with iPads, so parents can have dinner and watch their kids at the same time. Music In music, the iPad is being used for a wide range of purposes: as a digital music stand (Violinist Daniel Hope recently played lead violin for Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed at the Barbican, Stacy Sullivan in her Crazy Coqs cabaret show, and others.); to scan ticket barcodes (Camden’s Roundhouse); or to upload guest lists (Royal Opera House). During their dance classes, Everybody Ballet don’t play music on a piano anymore, they just download what they want and hook iPads up to speakers. Fashion Clothes are now being created with iPad-sized pockets, because “people cannot be without their tablets and have to feel close to the internet at all times” says the designer Lucy Borland. Medicine A lot of doctors and hospitals use iPads nowadays for various reasons. For example, the cardiology staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital are using iPads to instantly access 3D images of patients’ hearts. “If an urgent case conference is called to discuss treatment for a sick child, clinicians can join it no matter where they are and access information.” says Mark Large, IT director at the hospital. Others hospitals use the iPad for consultation and training, for kids’ entertainment on the ward, or to help educate patients through anatomy or medical-imaging apps. A very innovative way of using the iPad is promoted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from LA, who have developed a programme called BabyTime meant to use iPads to help mums stay in contact with their newborns who are in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This programme is for mothers who have post-operative complications, infections or undergo cesarean sections or are not well enough to leave their beds. "BabyTime will help bridge communication with the family and the baby's medical team and is an excellent use of technology to help new mothers bond with their babies, even when they cannot be physically at their babies' bedside," said Charles F. Simmons Jr., MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics. iLights Westminster council is going to install a smart street lighting system which will help engineers monitor functionality of the bulbs using an iPad. The iLights system will be launched in 2015-2016, will cost £3.25 million to install but will save residents £420,000 a year. Once it is launched, the residents don’t have to report dead lights and can expect them to be replaced extremely quickly. Hotels Some hotels are starting to use iPads for everything: whether pasta or spa sessions, all these can be ordered from your comfortable hotel room. Education It is proven that using the iPad in school education has encouraged children to read more, and increase their skills, graduating with above average literacy. More than this, the iPad is ideal size to encourage class group exercises too! While some schools are using the iPad a lot, in others teachers are not confident in using them and not fully aware of its features. Trying to improve this, Ed Summers from SAS has designed a course to familiarize teachers with how iPads can benefit blind and visually impaired students. He pointed out how the iPad lets students do their tasks more easily or even do tasks that were once impossible, like emailing homework to a teacher. If you want to find out more about this subject, check out the video posted by Bloomberg. The iPad is changing life and business all around the world. If you’ve seen examples of how the iPad is changing lifestyles and business services, we’d love to hear about them!
Published
May 07, 2014