If you’re a frequent visitor of the many tech-oriented blogs and websites online, you’re no doubt aware of the many business applications of the iPad and similar tablets. Corporate IT departments are beginning to really come around to the potential uses of tablets for serious work. On the home front, everyday users have found that the iPad can be used for more than just Netflix and web surfing. Here are just a few of the novel ways you can use your iPad at home.
In The Kitchen
How many times have you been cooking your favorite meal or trying out a new dish only to blank and forget a particular ingredient or instruction? The iPad can function as a versatile cookbook that allows you to browse the web for new cooking ideas and double check recipes while you work. You can either set up your iPad in a cradle or use Velcro strips to affix it to a cupboard for use as a convenient reference while baking.
Next To The Bed
The iPad is a prime example of what’s known as a convergence device. It makes other devices irrelevant by combining their capabilities into one product. An iPad can act as your day planner, to-do list organizer, and alarm clock all in one compact package. Just put your iPad on your designer furniture nightstand and place it upright facing the bed with a cradle or stand. You can also use it to hear music when you fall asleep. Or The iTunes App Store offers many alarm clock applications which you can download and use to stay on schedule.
Face To Face Communication
Thanks to the iPad’s built-in FaceTime application, one can use the iPad’s web camera to video chat with friends and family from anywhere. But that’s not the only way to use the iPad for connecting with your contacts. Third-party applications like Fring allow users to make group video chat calls that include multiple participants, all displayed in their own window.
If you’ve got children, you know how painful a road trip with the kids can be. Keep them occupied in the backseat of the car by attaching an iPad to your car seat with Velcro strips. They can watch movies, play games, or paint a picture with one of the many drawing apps available for the iOS platform. It’s not just for kids, either. Adults can use such a setup to browse the web or check E-mail on the road or even on a designer sofa at a hotel or motel. You can also use it on a long travel with the train for example.
Window Shopping From Your Couch
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a new pair of jeans or a table saw, the iPad makes E-shopping almost as lifelike as being in the store in person. Many applications tie in with the catalogs of online merchants to give you vibrant, life-like pictures of items you’re shopping for when you’re trying to make a buying decision. The 9.7? screen of the iPad makes it a lot easier to see what you’re getting before you buy.
The above hypothetical uses are by no means the only ways to take advantage of the iPad and all the functionality it offers. That’s the beauty of tablets in general, in fact. Their large capacitive touch screens open up a world of possibilities in terms of flexibility that laptops and smart phones can’t offer. After a few weeks of using a tablet like the iPad, you’re sure to come up with your own novel uses for your tablet that nobody else has thought of yet.