Archive for February, 2011

The winners of the 2010 Engadget Awards — Editors’ Choice — Engadget

The winners of the 2010 Engadget Awards — Editors’ Choice — Engadget

Fun round up of all things gadget.

Motorola Xoom review roundup: The critics weigh-in – Computerworld

Motorola Xoom review roundup: The critics weigh-in – Computerworld

Worth reading.  Interesting stuff.

Can’t help but wonder if Moto blew it by not having a Wi-Fi only verion right out of the box.

CNN’s Xoom Review

Review: Xoom tablet a credible iPad rival –

A really nice review of the Xoom tablet.

Engadget also had a good one.

The concesus seems to be not so much of a “breakthrough” device as a “work in progress” device with lots of potential that could be realized in future versions.

‘Spose I should pre order a couple to play with once the WiFi only versions are available.

Things I want to see from the iPad2

As I read through all the different articles on the new iPad 2 and try to sort through the hype and speculation, I’ll offer my personal hopes for the device.  I’ll also offer my thoughts on how likely these are (1 being not a chance in hell, 10 being nearly assured) in my highly informed and professional opinion.  *cough cough*

#1 – Lighter (likelihood 8-9)

I like the device a lot, and when it first came out I was really impressed with the weight of the device.  However, after using it A LOT, it does get a bit heavy.

So my number 1 wish, it that it’s a little lighter.  Doesn’t have to be a lot, just some.

#2 – Better form factor (likelihood 7)

I don’t mean smaller, I mean a smoother back that is a little easier on the hands, and doesn’t look like a boat on rough seas when you put it on a flat surface.

Something that is a little easier to hold would be great.

#3 – Alternative input methods for the virtual keyboard (likelihood 2)

While I love the software keyboard, I’d love to see the “swipe to type” technology implemented.  Or even the offering from SnapKeys.  

Either of these would rate high on the “Cool AND Useful” meter.

#4 – USB port (likelihood 4-5)

While other things like SD card slots and such are cool (and potentially more likely), I’d love to see some sort of USB connectivity. I think that, long term, people would find this much more useful, and open the device to all sorts of uses by connecting it to external devices.  IMHO

#5 – Espresso maker (likelihood 1)

Since everyone else seems to be throwing out insane ideas about how to make the device better, I’ll throw in my idea.  

Espesso maker.

That’s right, I want it to make really good coffee for me when ever I want it, where ever I am.  I want it to grind up the coffee beans I have from Hawai’i and make the best damn cup of coffee I’ve ever had.  I want a spiritual experience. 

I’ll bet you money that those ‘droid tablets won’t do that. 

/evil grin

Med apps

Notable medical apps for week of February 14th | iMedicalApps

Nice little list of med apps here for docs and residents alike.

/Fanboy = on

iPad 2 event set for March 2? | TiPb

Yeah Baby!!!

Let’s see what you’re gonna bring Mr. Jobs!  Cameras?  Better screen?  Lighter?  Better processors?  Flash (oh wait…not that!). Thinner? 

Looking forward to this.  

Now, how do we buy one?

/fanboy = off

Things that make you go "Hmmmmm"

Apple patent hints at Macs with stylus-based input system | MacTech

While Jobs has always claimed devotion to touch and avoidance of the pen-system genre, this makes you wonder.

Could we be seeing stylus support on an iPad in the future. 

It would make a sort of sense.  


/scratching noggin

File under "Cool…but really?"

Robonaut 2: the trailer — Engadget

Nuff said.

Serious potential

iPad medical textbooks (e-books) on the way, key partnerships announced: Why the Healthcare community should be excited | iMedicalApps

It will be interesting to see how the continued evolution of medical textbooks (and textbooks in general) is changed by the introduction of the iPad.

To me, it can only be more and more of a positive factor.

We’ve already seen multiple early studies saying that the tablet form factor (not just the iPad) is a boon to learning.

Wonder when this is going to come to UW any time soon.

Not surprising…yet, surprising

App developers interested in multiple platforms and tablets. | iMedicalApps

I can’t say that I’m surprised by the headline here.  It sort of ranks in the “Duh!!” category.

However, what is surprising is the data behind the headline.

Check out the link and see what I mean.  The drop off in interest after IOS and ‘Droid surprised me.

How’s that Window partnership looking now to ya Nokia?