101 Things You Could Do With A Tablet PC
No doubt about it, Apple’s iPad Tablet defined the year in technology as pointed out in this New York Times blog.
However, as one commenter, Bigmouth from Santa Monica CA pointed out there is a large contingent of potential tablet users who want more than a consumer tablet can offer. They want to do more than browse the web (at least some of it), read emails, tweet and play games. They want to take handwritten notes, write, draw, create complex documents, presentations and spread sheets and use a full web browser.
You won’t find that out from the tech blogs, but the market tells as that there is massive demand for more.
If you’re wanting more from your mobile experience 2011 is going to be your year. It’s 12 days to CES 2011 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas and what is coming will change the game! Stay tuned!
Here is the real future of Tablet PC. Hitting the news today is a Microsoft Tablet PC project that combines a multi-touch capacitive touch screen and digitizer pen.
Of course, Microsoft have actually been making Tablet PCs for over seven years now… and that’s not just a rumour!
The software demonstrated looks amazing and seems to leverage well established Microsoft technologies like the Tablet PC input panel and snipping tool. See for yourself:
If it works anything like this… I want one!
“I can type way faster than I can write.”
It seems that some people think that Tablet PC pen input is an exclusive technology that supercedes and overrides all other input methods.
Now, before you decide to throw away your keyboard and mouse because you’re going to buy a Tablet PC… stop and pay attention:
Handwriting recognition and Tablet PCs are not designed to stop you from using a regular keyboard and mouse!
…or touch, or speech, or blink input, or deep brain magnetic resonance commands*, or whatever other new input technology comes out in the next 15 years!
Guess what? I too can type way faster than I can write.
Therefore, because my Tablet PC is my everyday computer, when I’m in the office I use a docking station with a large LCD screen, an external DVD writer and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
I also keep a convertible keyboard in my car for those situations when pen input just won’t do.
Of course, the addition of pen input means that you can use your computer in so many new ways and so many new places.
The fact is, no one is going to stop typing altogether on a keyboard any time soon!
*I haven’t invented deep brain magnetic resonance commands yet, but will keep you posted.
After thinking about all of the serious things that you can do with a Tablet PC, I’ve decided that it’s time to kick back a little.
So far, we’ve been through things like:
- Sketching and quoting jobs
- Making presentations
- Working in warehouses and factories
- Taking notes at conferences, at school and in meetings with clients
- Mind mapping
- Capturing signatures and signing forms
- Working on planes
After all that hard work, you deserve to have your Tablet PC working for you in your down time.
John Hancock of Adelaide, South Australia emailed me:
I have an XBox with the XBox media centre software installed. This has a web interface and I can sit in my lounge chair with my tablet in hand controlling the media center using the pen. Much easier than using the remote. I was listening to some music last night and was browsing through my play lists selecting random songs. A very pleasant way to spend an evening.
Right on John.
I don’t want to sound like a geek, but… ok, who am I kidding?
Just quietly, there are many times that I have been caught sitting back on the lounge, enjoying a cup of coffee while surfing the latest Tablet PC blogs.
Actually, everyone I know who has a Tablet PC seems to indulge in some “couch surfing.”
Of course “couch surfing” is a pretty natural thing to do with a Tablet PC because it’s not like lugging around a laptop. It’s especially comfortable with a slate Tablet PC like the LE1700 that I use.
Hook your Tablet PC up to a projector and you’ve got a lot more than a boring slide machine… You’ve now got yourself an interactive presentation tool. That’s not just corporate speak, I’m serious!
Using a Tablet PC and PowerPoint you can:
- Replace flip charts and butchers paper
- Combine presentation slides with brainstorming and audience involvement
- Draw in digital ink to explain and illustrate concepts
Click on the picture above to download the sample PowerPoint 2007 file. By the way, you can use digital ink in Office 2003 too.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s very hard to use a laptop while you’re standing up. Tablet PCs slates on the other hand, are designed to be used when your standing up.
Think about the possibilities for this… For instance, a cold storage company recently told us that a Tablet PC will save them hours every day. How?
Well, each time they have a question in the cold store, they have to walk out of the store, into the office, look it up on the computer and then walk back again. It was a massive warehouse. Can you imagine how much time that takes up every day?
With a Tablet PC (in this case, the semi-rugged Motion F5) they can have the PC on hand, and look up the information while they are standing at the pallet.
Here is a list of just some of the places that you’ll see Tablet PCs where a laptop is not practical:
- In a warehouse
- On a building site
- On a farm
- At a hospital bedside
- On the street
- In meetings
- In hallways
By the way, a Tablet PC is easier to use on you lap when you’re sitting down too, since there’s no need to balance the keyboard and screen.
Trades people all know how hard it is to accurately measure and estimate areas. Some incredible software for Tablet PCs can help you to get it right before you even leave the property.
The Apex Nexus software demonstrated below is one of the most intuitive Tablet PC applications that I’ve ever seen. It allows you to quickly and easily sketch lines while adding angles, curves and dimensions.
Importantly, you can quickly calculate accurate area. A trades person with this kind of power could even produce a quote on the spot. Goodbye competition!
With Nexus, you can sketch a house, a plan, a driveway, a window or anything that has lines and measurements. Click on the picture for a video demonstration.
The Nexus software is often used by:
- Property valuers
- Insurance assessors
- Real estate agents
- Construction engineers
- Builders, concreters, pavers, landscapers, carpenters, carpeters, floor installers
- Anybody who needs to measure and quote.
Nexus also works beautifully with Disto Bluetooth laser measuring devices. Amazing stuff!
Microsoft’s One Note program adds a powerful elements to your notes… sound.
One Note allows you to record audio with your notes, play back the audio and see the notes that you wrote in real time. Want to see how it works?
A pen makes a lot more sense for note taking than a keyboard because it is unobtrusive. So a Tablet PC is ideal for note taking at conferences.
A Tablet PC goes under the radar at a conference because it takes the expected form of pen and paper. On the other hand, if you pop out your laptop, the people around you might suspect that you’re hacking the Internet or something!
Because you write on the screen flat on your table or lap, it’s also harder for the people sitting five rows behind you to glance at or be distracted by your screen.
Tablet PCs are designed to last for hours on a single charge thanks to the use of Intel ultra low voltage processors. That means that your Tablet can practically go all day at a conference on a single charge.
Using Microsoft OneNote to organise your conference notes and capture the audio at the conference will help you to make use of valuable information.
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