The iPad Revolution

Say what you want about the iPad, but it has changed everything. Pre-2010 a portable touch screen could cost $3000 to $12,000 fully integrated. Now it’s less than $1000.  To add insult to injury, those panels didn’t have the best resolution, they weren’t very bright, and they only worked with the system your integrator installed for you. Now you have a full mini-computer that can surf the web, run apps right off of your computer, AND control your house… even if you aren’t even home! And it’s brighter with better resolution than any touch panel that came before it. Even more importantly than that, it’s intuitive. Training clients to use their system used to take hours after it is installed. Support calls over the first three months were numerous as they became “acclimated” to their new system. Now training usually takes less than an hour. Support calls are almost non-existent as people are simply able to “figure it out” even when they forget how to do something. I have been around electronics all my life. They are second nature. But when I put that iPad in someone’s hand and watch them just start using it without having even said a word yet, that is simply amazing.

2 Responses to "The iPad Revolution"

  • King On 13/9/2011 @ 11:53 PM

    My hat is off to your astute comnmad over this topic-bravo!

    • theavspecialist On 14/9/2011 @ 12:09 AM

      Thank you very much. Unfortunately, Apple opponents miss out on one very important thing. Ironically, it is the same thing that made Windows the platform of choice for the last 20 years. Software. People can complain about the lack of Flash ability, or processor speed, or screen ratio, or whatever. In the end none of those things have anything to do with the success of the iPad or iPhone. It is the ubiquity of these devices, starting with the original iPod that now drives these products. It is the fact that everyone is making software for it, and true to their marketing, you can search for just about anything you can imagine, and there really is “an app for that.” It is only a natural progression that the iPad would become a primary interface for controlling your home. With native Mac integration Savant home automation systems have taken advantage of this device better than anyone. However, I will say that Control4 has managed to come in at a pretty close second.

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