Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

Meetings will never be the same

AppleInsider | Qualcomm bringing augmented reality SDK to Apples iOS.

The whole AR thing really intrigues me.  It’s got a ton of potential…not to mention a cool factor that’s off the charts.

I can just imaging all the people in meeting jumping little motorcycles off the boss’s head.

Be sure to check out the full article (above) and the video (below).

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3d for your iPad/iPhone with no glasses

Wow.  This definitely get’s a 10 on the Zen Cool’O meter.

The quality looks really good.  

Be sure to check out the full article and the videos at the bottom.  Definitely looks better on the iPad, but the iPhone version is pretty darn nice.

New Favorite App

As I continue to refine how I use my iPad in my daily life (both work and non-work) I’m constantly on the look out for new apps that will help me be…well…be more.  More productive, more relaxed, more fun (yeah like that’s gonna happen), more efficient.  You get the idea.

In in this process, I tend to try out lots of apps.  I do mean LOTS.

Nothing will get me to try out a new app quite like a “Free” version.  Love that.  I don’t mind one bit if it’s limited in some way.  LImited feature set?  No problem.  Thirty-day trial.  Bring it on.  However, even a lack of a free version won’t stop me from trying an app if it looks promising.  That is assuming it’s not more than about 3 or 4 bucks.  More that that, and I’ve got to think about it.

Lately my quest has been to find an app that helps me manage meetings better.  Because, here’s the deal.  I go to a lot of meetings.  

Too many if you ask me.  Unfortunately no one does.  So I’m stuck.

So I’m looking for something to help me manage them better.  Basically I want a couple things.  I’d like to be able to take notes on the meeting in a simple and easy way.  I’d like to be able to create action items for follow up either by myself or my staff.  I’d like to be able to notate certain parts of my notes as important.  I’d like to be able to get those action items into my GTD application (OmniFocus), and I’d like to be able to archive the notes for as long as I need them.  

See?  I’m not asking for much.  Really.

The other day I read an article about an app called ActionNotes by a company named Netwalk.  It seemed to offer some intriguing functionality so I thought I’d try it.

Unfortunately, no free version, but at $2.99 it fit within my “try it for the hell of it” comfort zone.  

After two weeks of using it, I can say this…

I’m still using it.

This is the first app that even comes close to being what I want in an app to help me manage my meetings and such.  So, let’s go down the check list.

Ability to take short and simple notes.  Check.

Ability to quickly and easily create action items.  Check.  (actually a really cool feature here)

Ability to highlight areas of notes for emphasis.  Check.

Ability to get the action items into my GTD.  No

Ability to archive the notes.  Check.

4 out of 5 is pretty damn good in my book.

The app works great and while I do have some gripes about it, they are minor.  For instance, I’d love to be able to change the colors of the tabs.  Or, for that fact add more tabs.  (Tabs are how the app organizes things).  But those are minor as you can change the text label on the tabs.  

Once done with a meeting you can email yourself a really nicely formatted HTML email with all your notes and your action items in it.  So that’s a plus.  The only problem is that I still have to manually enter them into my GTD.  Again, on the minor side.

So, for right now, I think I’ve got a really good fit.

Check back in a month and see if I’m still using it.

Med apps Round up

Best iPhone and iPad medical apps for the week of February 28th | iMedicalApps

This is a great collection of medical apps.  Some really interesting looking stuff in here.

Be sure to comment if you’ve used any of these.  I’d love to hear any thoughts or reactions.

Never know how good things are from reviews until you actually use them

CNN’s Xoom Review

Review: Xoom tablet a credible iPad rival – CNN.com

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

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.