iPad Do You Pad?

iPad Do You Pad?

I used an iPad to display animated media in a convention trade show table this past weekend.

Usually we use a medium sized LCD monitor. But it’s a such a pain to travel with.  This time I wanted to try an iPad at the booth table.  I could easily carry it in my case with my laptop and I figured it would look cool.

I was very pleased with the results. The animation looked awesome on the tight small screen of the iPad. And as you might imagine it was quite a conversation piece for passers-by.  “Ah cool, I see you have an iPad” or “Is that an iPad? I want one for Christmas!” were some of the comments. But in any room of people you’re going to have some anti-Apple folks.  I had one guy stop and explain that I should have gotten a Google “Hi-Pad” instead. How it was half the price and twice as good.  I had a hard time believing they would call a table a “HiPad” but after googling it, evidently there are some out there.  Anyhow, I do believe the part about them being half the price as an iPad but twice as good?  And certainly not as cool looking on a trade show booth table.

GI iPad

I wasn’t sure if we were going to have power outlets or not at the booth so I also purchased a HyperMac Stand to display the iPad and keep it charged during the exhibition hall’s 9 hour days. That device was great. It kept the iPad playing ALL day long with no need to plug it in. I even used the HyperMac stand’s USB out to power my TomTom GPS for the ride home (I broke the car lighter plug a long time ago).

All in all the iPad was a great way to easily display video and animation media at a trade show booth.

is Co-founder of Going Interactive and Strategic Director. Doug brings over 22 years of professional experience to the table. He is a seasoned professional with a knack for complex problem solving and common sense approach to usability. Doug has helped to create a variety of award winning work both locally and regionally for clients like Apartment Guide, Rubik's Revolution, The Ron Clark Academy, Prime Time Toys, Georgia-Pacific, CNN, and Gardener's Confidence. Doug served as the first ever Interactive President for the Atlanta - AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Chapter. Doug lives with his wife Sherry and their playful Huskies in Marietta, GA.

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