Yes, I have given in to my desire to own a shiny new thing, originating from the folks in Cupertino (read: Apple Inc.). Although I’m usually not an early adopter, in this case I wanted to make an exception. This really seems to be an entirely new class of devices, much like the personal computer was in it’s time. And having played with it for a day, I can wholeheartedly agree with that statement.
While the PC made computing devices available to small business, the iPad and what undoubtedly will follow as much improved versions of this device will introduce computing power to our personal lives, to entertain and delight us. Yes, this is an entertainment device, primarily, not a device to assist us in getting work done.
On the other hand, devices like this will make it very clear to employers that keeping your workforce happy, instead of squeezing every effort out them by demanding a performance-by-the-clock, will engage the workers to do more, take more responsibility, simply by offering a great experience to work in. I can only hope the daily grind will soon be a thing of the past. Everything that requires thinking should be done in an environment that fosters thinking. Sitting behind a device that, in its core, is just an typewriter is neither inspiring, nor fun.
Both fun and inspiration are at the core of devices like the iPad, which help us to think past the here and now, and come up with original ideas and solutions that distinguishes your company from the competition. Nowadays there is still the tendency to copy the successful, instead of trying to find alternatives that might work just as well, or even better.
We can only hope.