Finally I got one

It took me longer than I was expecting. First I checked it out with friends of mine some months ago. Now I made up my mind and just went into the next store and bought one.
Did you already guess? You are correct: I just activated my own iPad!!!
And what shall I say? It is just as you would expect it from Apple…
It came already with fully charged battery. All that was needed was activation via iTunes which I already had on my computer and I was ready to go. The iPad just connected with the WiFi network in my hotel room and off we go.
I am even writing this article with the WordPress app just downloaded for free. 🙂

Once again Apple is proving that integrating hardware and software helps creating flawless, easy to use products. OK, Flash capabalility may be missing now and then. But I am surre this will be solved over time in one or the other way.

I will keep you posted about my further experiences.

About oliverbuerkler

I am an engineering professional from Germany. Currently working as Product Manager for 3D Laser Scanner and the related software products at FARO. Apart from culture, nature and delicious food, I am interested in modern technologies. Focussing on topics which are related to the keywords "3D", "Imaging", "Modern Technologies" and "Computers" I try to figure out what is making technology a success. What is needed to make things accepted by people? Why are many fascinating products failing while similar gadgets are achieving record sales.
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2 Responses to Finally I got one

  1. Adam Fingret says:

    Now if we could just get FARO Scene running on the iPad with full stitching and touch interface. That would truly be amazing and a nice low-cost, low-power alternative to laptops in the field. I’m guessing that the processor/ram in the iPad is probably not up to the task.

    • Hi Adam.
      I guess that will be a little to much for an iPad. But as soon as there will be usable Windows (brrr) based tablet computers, it may be worth a trial.
      On the other side, with the graphical user interface on the scanner and the ability to review the scans on the screen, I wonder how important that really is.
      For controlling the scanner remotely you will only need a simple WiFi device with Flash player (sorry – not iPad again).
      For processing the data it may show to be more cost efficient to have a small workstation with you for your hotel room (or a powerful notebook – but that´s much more expensive of course). In particular colorizing tens or hundreds of million of 3D points is quite demanding.
      In case you want to process your data while you are still scanning, what would you think about using 2 SD cards? One in the scanner, while another person is processing the data from the first SD card.

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