Monday 1 February 2010 — This is more than 13 years old. Be careful.
I watched the iPad announcement last week with interest. I’m not a gadget-hound, but Max and I were both home that day, so he gave me play-by-play commentary of the announcement. It’s certainly an intriguing device with plenty of interesting facets to debate (open/closed, produce/create, and so on).
One thing I definitely don’t get is the ergonomics of it. Look at this demonstration of editing a slide show on the iPad:
First of all, I don’t understand his emphasis on the apparent miracle of coming up with ways to manipulate objects on the screen with touch. I thought we had all gotten used to the concept of touch and multi-touch. But that’s not the main point. Watch it again, but don’t look at the screen: look at his hands.
He looks uncomfortable. He’s trying to hold the iPad in his left hand, and perform precise touching with his right. His non-touching fingers are being held stiffly up out of the way to avoid making an accidental multi-touch. He’s got nowhere to rest his right hand. And when he has to touch with both hands, they keep crossing over each other like some kind of crazy-advanced piano sonata.
I can see using the iPad to watch stuff, or any task that doesn’t require much input. But that demo showed me that it will be much too awkward to make the sort of gestures needed to do real work. People need to rest their hands on something. It’s hard to hold your arm up without something to help carry the weight. Keyboards have palm rests, mice let your wrist sit on the desk. Palm-sized devices like the iPhone are light enough to hold while tapping with your thumbs. Maybe it would be OK while sitting in a chair with arm rests?
I’ll be interested to see how people use the iPad. I could see propping it up in my lap with one hand and tapping for a while with the other, but long sessions, or two-handed use, just seem too unnatural.
Although the iPad is only 1.5 pounds, that's still a lot of weight to hold clasped in a hand for more than a few minutes at a time.
Of course these are pretty difficult questions to answer until we can actually hold and use the devise.
I wouldn't say the device is meant to be something you do "real" work on. Remember, Apple doesn't want to replace sales in their MacBook or iPhone divisions with a third product. They want you to buy all three.
The fact that you can do some real work on it is appealing, but isn't a key factor in its worth. The ergonomics present a problem for sure. But if I have to sit in a certain place and in a certain way so I can use the device comfortably, is that any worse than what I must do now with my laptop or desktop?
The iPad is really just a giant iPod Touch. When you imagine all the apps that can be created for it, and already exist, it has a tremendous amount of potential.
How often do you »demonstrate« editing a document?
The iPad coming in March definitely seems optimized for consumption. I think that future iPads (and other devices?) will follow along and be better tuned for creating things.
I suppose this i more glamorous that somebody hunched over a table.
There is a dock which makes the ipad have more of a laptop form factor.
Love it or hate it, this will have an impact on the touch marketplace. My guess is that iPad v3+ will be an excellent device.
About the home button position and holding/touching on the iPad I agree that it may be very complicated. The user experience is most important and I read today that Apple gets a patent on “Intelligent Bezel” and “Cool Sense Line Controls”. If necessary manufacturers will create any accessory to hold iPad safely. The iPad design and specs, surely are more mature in one year. Remember the first home computer? iPad is much better even before being available and it will be always improved.
for making ipad incline effectively with a cover leather case like a
diary can be fold to support ipad, this is look simple but clever.
This can make stand in 2 differents angle and also can protect the body
from scratch but it will make your ipad look like a book or diary with cover
The bad is this option you need to buy it separately.
To find out the main ergonomic challenges with the iPad, visit www.ergonut.com
In the end, the iPad might boost the economy in an unexpected way: My bet is that it’s going to be a good source of referral for Physical Therapists, Hand Therapists and Chiropractors around the world.
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