I watched the entire Steve Jobs presentation at the Developers Conference for the introduction of the iPad. It's not just a geeky widget, it is extremely clever and useful.
There are several issues here. The iPad has the potential of making the work of a meeting or event planner a bit easier to organize, it also could do the same for av production people, event production companies and more.
Think of having your production time-line on the iPad. Go to a meeting with your client and immediately change what is needed. Keep all the information for the meeting in one place. This is so much smaller, neater, tidier, and less weight then the old Binder. Plus it can be changed easily and synced to your desktop computer in the office.
Talking about it this afternoon we realized that room layouts, specifications, bids, contracts , etc for a production are right there. No more, "oops, I didn't bring that with me."
AND…. it weighs only 1.5 pounds. Not a lot to "schlep" around!
The entry level iPad is $499 with wifi only. The next level is $699 with wifi and 3GS. The internet plans that Apple has negotiated with ATT are phenomenal.
Don't worry, I'm not being paid by Apple. I simply think that this a wonderful device and many steps above the Netbook.
Anyone who has an iPhone will find the iPad very easy to use.
Another feature that I think that I'll love is the ebook capability. You can "turn pages" if you wish. I really love to hold a book in my hand, and this really close enough to satisfy my needs.
Your Keynote presentation (Apple's presentation application) can be projected right from the iPad.
Check the article by Terence Ronson about the possibilities for hotels. This is a natural for the hospitality and meetings and events industry.
The iPad is Coming to a Hotel Near You! | By Terence Ronson http://ow.ly/120dz
Lastly, if you ever want a superb lesson in how to give a presentation with the use of speech support (whether its Power Point or Keynote) watch Steve Jobs presentation. It's minimalist, no cutesy fonts or weird animations. Very little text, mostly a graphic here and there.
The type of simple presentation and simple stage set is what we try to teach our clients is the best way to get your concepts across. Too many cutesy fonts, animations, blinking lights will cause confusion and your audience will remember few of the important points if any at all.
I can't wait to hear what folks in my industry say about the iPad and see if they embrace it.