how will you input data?
The kb dock? That's limited. Not to mention an accident waiting to happen in my household with the 3yr old running around. Doesn't look that sturdy and you do have to touch that screen.
BT keyboard? Still need a better dock IMO. It's better than the first option though.
The screen itself? I think this will be rough. It's too wide in portait for thumb typing. Landscape requires a lap or playing folding games with the iPad cover. Even then...
I did think of something that could be nice. A way to use the iphone to input data. I won't lug a kb around. But i do lug an iphone. And i can type pretty fast on it.
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I've already got the BT keyboard on the way and the Apple case also ordered (as I patiently await my iPad). I figure the case will prop it up nicely while I peck away. I'm interested in seeing how well the on-screen keyboard works. Cardfan, your idea of tethering your iPhone to iPad for keypad support is a good idea.
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I'll be using they onscreen keyboard since I won't be doing much typing on it. If I do, I can just pair my BT keyboard to it temporarily to get the job done.
- 03-28-2010, 08:31 PM #7
Yeah, any basic bluetooth keyboard will work with it, so that's likely what I'll be using at home and the office. Out and about, the keyboard looks plenty big enough in landscape mode that I could touch-type with it laying flat on whatever surface I'm using.
Other than the idea of it being a numeric keypad like Rene said, the idea of using an iPhone to input data this way seems kind of silly.
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- 04-01-2010, 10:52 AM #19
It's likely that most people will always want to have some physical interaction with input... like typing on a keyboard, whether it's a physical keyboard or virtual one... particularly if you are in an environment where speaking isn't practical or appropriate.
- 04-01-2010, 11:20 AM #20
When was the last time you saw anyone use a typewriter? Dictate a letter, except in the movies?
There is a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire, set in 1920, in which one of the athletes apologizes in a letter to his parents that he had neglected his shorthand to pursue his sport. Do you know anyone who can take shorthand, much less any elite college student that studies it?
At the 1964 World's Fair, IBM demonstrated a machine that could recognize numbers, even carefully hand written ones. It was a marvel for demonstrating at a fair. The most imaginative of those in audience could not have foreseen TWAIN, much less $100- scanners.
Think of how much different the current iPhone is from the one introduced just three and a half years ago. Did you imagine Dragon on it? Imagine what the last iPad will look like. Imagine Dragon on that iPad. Dragon is only a decade or so old. Try to imagine what speech to text will be like in a generation. It will wean us away from the keyboard.
The generation before mine dictated; a few composed on yellow pads. I am sure that, while you can read the words, you cannot really appreciate what that means. In part it means that they could not compose at a keyboard as you and I do. Their brains did not work that way.
While I can speak to large audiences in coherent sentences and paragraphs, I cannot dictate. My brain does not work that way.
You can trust me when I tell you (I have no reason to mislead you) that a generation that literally cut its teeth on the iPod Touch and the DSLite, and grew up with Air Books and iPads will be different from you when they grow up. I know that you cannot "see it happening," though it is happening under your nose, any more than you can see grass grow, but it happens nonetheless.
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I'm not a developer but i did take quite a few CIS courses for my MBA. Professors there were quite adamant that voice recognition will be a huge hurdle if not impossible.
Take your Dragon app for instance. Other than short phrases, you could never hope to use it to write anything substantial without having to go back and edit it..with a keyboard. This, after how many years you said? You will always need that keyboard.
From the Desk of David Pogue - Readers Share Software Mishaps - NYTimes.com
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