Posted by Darrell Hyatt on August 1, 2010
Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast, as many of you know Ipads are a very hot topic at the moment many people are purchasing them and as you know I purchased an ipad a little while ago and I thought it would talk about some of the things that I found in the amount of time that I’ve been working with it.
The first thing that I noticed is it’s very light and easy to carry around, I used to have a PDA and got use to putting all my appointments and everything into it and now it seems that as technology advances some things have not been able to keep up and so I ended up not using my PDA is much. I’ve since found that the ipad has now become my PDA as well as my preferred mobile computer device, and I know that makes me sound like I’m a geek well I guess I am truly geek and ultimately that doesn’t bother me.
I find the ipad wonderful because it’s got a nice large screen I can magnify whatever I am looking at simply by dragging my fingers across the screen. I love having Internet access anywhere there’s a wireless connection for me to use, it allows me to work on ideas and in so on it allows me to share my website content with anyone anywhere.
One of the other things that I think is very useful is the fact that there’s so many unique and useful applications available for the ipad, I for example have a jumbo calculator with large size buttons that was free and as you may know I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to create transcripts for my podcasts as well as do a great deal of my work using Dragon which is a speech recognition software program and to my great surprise there’s a version of Dragon available for the ipad.
It does require that you be connected to an Internet connection for it to work however, with an Internet connection I am able to use the software to dictate notes and so on to myself which I can then e-mail to any one of my numerous e-mail accounts and transfer it to my computer and this application is free.
Because there’s so many different applications that are either free or inexpensive for example you can get the pages word processor for $9.99. My wife the Left Thumb Blogger uses her ipad as a communication device and she uses a program called Proloquo2 go which was I believe around $200 which makes the ipad a very useful and very inexpensive communication aide when you consider that a lot of the adaptive technology and communication programs available are several thousand dollars.
So in comparison you could get an ipad with say Proloquo2go for approximately $1000 and you have much more functionality, you wouldn’t have the stigma of feeling different because you’re using different adaptive technology. The ipad is now readily available and many many many people have it so an individual using it with a disability for whatever purpose whether it be communication writing whatever the individual needs to do they would fit in because the ipad the has now become standard and recognized almost anywhere you go.
My first impression after using the ipad for a month or so now is I love it, it has great functionality great potential I would recommend getting a case for one when you purchase it and I only see the applications list available for the ipad as growing. Even though you may not find exactly what you are looking for right now you will certainly find something that you can get started with and as time goes by there will be many more applications available