Originally Posted by DaHarder
Sounds like the logical move for the medical industry... Windows-based Tablet PCs ---> Apple iPads.
Smaller... Lighter... Longer Battery Life = Win!
And education in general. An idea many schools are adopting. Which is one of the reasons why the non ipad tablets will fail. They aren't on the market for schools to adopt and so many if not most will go with what there is -- the ipad.
Originally Posted by TheShepherd
Only if they can sterilize them.
There are already companies like Nextware and Otterbox that make fully surrounding cases for the iphones and (at least with Otterbox) the ipad. Wouldn't be that hard to make something that could be wiped down with sterile solution with no liquid damage.
Originally Posted by dagamer34
If anything, we really need more textbooks on the iPad. Thing is, I'd rather not see my iPad littered with apps that are books, and the folder organization in iOS4 would be too clunky.
In an ideal world, each publisher would have a singular app for all their titles or even better someone would make a single 'textbook' app that would work rather like the ibook app and allow for highlighting, notes and even cross links between titles.
Originally Posted by dasein
If books drop under their own cost and weight, the College would simply lease the space out to some other entity for some other use.
On campus Apple stores with one to one and a genius bar. Apple gets more sales for their stuff and the kiddies have support when there are problems. It's a win.
Originally Posted by AjitMD
Under the old medical school teaching system, the average class generated about 100 pages of classes notes/day via the note taking service. Do the math assuming only 150 days of classes/year... even if for just 2 years. This is addition to the textbooks that are mostly bulky. Even in residency, most text books are heavy... medicine, surgery, ent, neuro, etc.
thus the appeal of digital systems. especially for the books.
Worse, is that they get out dated and have to be replaced. It is hard to carry any books around, quick access or even to refer them around the house or office/hospital.
The beauty of digital is that it could be possible to set up a system that would update the information as needed. Perhaps even 'push' it so that you can't forget to check. Or even link into systems like Medline, Westlaw etc to see the latest research, case law etc
The iPad is great device, though some improvements could be added over time:
1. Higher resolution screen like the iPhone 4.0.
2. More storage memory to store images and video in hi resolution, like path slides, radiology images, etc.
3. Camera for quick acquisition and transmission of images for consultation and record over a secure HIPPA compliant system.
all in good time. Remember this is just the first ipad model. They took a huge gamble with it. Now that it is paying off there's cause to go to the added effort of souping it up