Originally Posted by pridon
This is the magic tool which will be used to automate the health care system under Obama's haalth care plan. It will be integrated with blue tooth connections to patient monitors, scan and time date the meds with the camera when being given, provide alerts to the nursing staff of anything outside of specified limits, etc, etc. Thats about 500K units over 3-5 years and a lot of app type sales.
I beleive that if the unit is carrier subsidized and available for about the px of my 64 K iPOd, the 1.2 million projection CY 10 (Q2-4) is way low, if it has a global release and production can keep up.
I can see the unit becoming required hardware at multple universities for digital texts and class assignments, replacing the iPOd/Iphone in these apps.
I will be buying one for sure and only just bout a 64G ipod in December.
Hallelujah... someone gets it!
Within my family is a major company CEO here in Germany that does major tech planning for hospitals and clinics. They've been excited about BT enabled devices... incl. the iPhone/iPodTouch, and integrating them within their advanced health care and out-patient monitoring.
HOWEVER... the devices are too damn small for geriatrics to use and see. I've been telling him for a few months to just wait a little longer due to rumours of this device. It will be perfect for his clients!
I'm expecting this device to be back-ordered to the tune of about 10 million devices by July, for this reason and no other.
Now take into account the web connectivity, e-reader, magazines, video, etc. etc for the "consuming" masses, and you have a device that will change the world.
Someone on another blog asked "so will it cure cancer?". Answer: not cure... but may help in saving lives in health emergency situations... you bet!
I'm always amazed at the myopic and egotistic points of view here, like, " I
have this, that, and the kitchen sink... why do "I"
need a Tablet?" "YOU"
probably do NOT need one.... YET!
Wishing y'all good health 'til that day inevitably comes. You may not be hooked into an Apple one at that time, but this device will have paved the way for the sure-to-come copycat devices on the horizon.
I personally will be buying 3 of these on launch:
1 for my inlaws, who are scared to death of computers, but love their daughters new iPhone;
1 for my Dad, who's 81 and doesn't want or need a PC, but still wants the web;
1 for "Moi"... just for fun, and better than slogging my 17" MBP around the house when I'm not in front of it, or my MP in my atelier.
Syncing will be done on a Mac or PC using iTunes... and/or "Voila", stand-alone with a MobileMe account. The new mega data center in NC goes online before the end of 2010.
PS: do y'all now see why a "National Broadband Initiative" supported by tax dollars is absolute necessary, and no longer a "luxury" item?