Originally Posted by Macky the Macky
Originally Posted by Ungenio
Folks, I don't live in USA and can hardly comment on the real interests of News Corp., so I give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm more interested in the technical aspects, which seems very elaborate... Is there something similar in the iOS side, either from Apple or third-party?
From other sources I've read on this subject the ONLY technical thing this FOX tablet does is watch the student's eye movements and throw up a "happy face" when they are reading, and a "sad face" when they are looking around or thinking instead of reading.
Of course this can be done with iOS and as far as I know hasn't been done for this kind of close monitoring. From the content side of things, ALL of the informational content on iOS tablets are third party, meaning an unlimited range of materials.
I hope that answers your question.
I re-watched the video. This is a concept video! There is no demonstration of apps -- only some illustrations of a tablet display mockup with some animation simulating finger touch interaction -- which brings up another display mockup.
This is called storyboarding or prototyping. It is commonly used when designing an App or a web site so that you can demonstrate how the app might work prior to writing the code to implement the app. It is part of the design phase of development.
Likely, the actual apps are not, yet, written -- or they would have demonstrated some of them.
The video shows how things should work -- in an ideal system. There is no discussion of what happens when things go wrong? For example @3:10 the video discusses how the District can push out updated content to the Student's tablet... What if it can't connect? What if it connects and the update fails? What If the Student's homework, test, essay, etc. is destroyed in the process.
So, yes it is a good concept... but the proof is in the implementation.
BTW, XCode which is used to Write OS X and iOS apps has a built-in storyboard feature that can be used to create this kind of display mockups... It is a simple matter to run this storyboard, display a screen mockup, simulate a touch, display the next mockup... All on the Simulator without ever writing a line of code. The simulator action can be captured with an OS X app, voice-over added and voila, we have a concept video!
Edited by Dick Applebaum - 3/6/13 at 3:09pm