Wednesday, April 14, 2010

iPad-Window on the World

Kevin Kelly, writing in the April issue of Wired magazine, doesn't want you to think of the iPad as a tablet.

It's a window you carry.

Kelly finds that there are two things that distinguish the iPad from laptops and smart phones:

  1. They are mobile screens meant to move. Not just a full color, hi-res super ebook reader, it's about moving images, text, music, watching and making videos. The iPad is a TV you read, a book you watch, and movies you touch.
  2. The tablet window goes two ways. You watch, it watches you. It's made for interaction: swoosh your fingers to scroll, wave your arms (like a Wii), or tilt it.
In this window, we embrace the world, and it embraces us.

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