Canada's primary electronics chain, FutureShop, got some exposure in the local media yesterday for being excited about opening their stores at 8am Friday. (Normally, they open at 10am; staff tomorrow will be yawning.) No doubt that a certain hardware manufacturer required FutureShop to open at 8am to carry their new tablet product, whatever it might be.
Actual screen grab from FutureShop's actual front page of their Web site this morning.
We have an iPad in the Grabowski household, generously donated by IMSI/Design for testing iOS software related to their CAD products, such TurboViewer.
When not in use for testing software, the iPad operates as Mom's $500 Kitchen Radio. AM radio reception a couple of years ago went downhill, and so the solution is to listen to local radio stations over the Internet. The iPad 2 sits in the corner kitchen counter on a $2 stand I got from the Dollar Store.
Others use iPads in other ways in kitchens, as this video attests. It's in German, but you needn't understand the language to appreciate the innovation.
If you are wondering what is said in German, the granddaughter asks, "How are you coming along with the new iPad we gave you for your birthday." Grandfather replies, "Good."
"Have you been able to figure out 'apps'?" she continues. As he turns to the stove, the grandfather responds, "What about apps? Please move aside a bit."
At the end, the grandfather asks, "What's wrong?"