The iPad: A 2.5 Year Old and Me

I had to post this video simply because it brings to mind so many ideas of the future to me. What we have is the 2.5 year old daughter of Laughing Squid writer Todd Lapin using an iPad for the first time… and completely understanding how to use it. In my mind I can’t imagine a better way of defining whether a device is successful. The idea that a toddler, who most definitely has already mastered an iPhone, can then in turn already know how to use an iPad is pretty phenomenal in my opinion.

I still haven’t currently bought an iPad, though I’ve had several chances to try them out, a lot of my co-workers at MySpace have them. What I’ve come to realize is that the iPad is a device meant mainly for consumption, much like a television or even a radio. The emphasis on that sentence is mainly, because obviously Apple has given you options like Words and Numbers for you to be able to create on it, but I feel like those are secondary programs, and I think Apple feels that way as well, since you have to buy them from the App Store.

I think the main point of this to device is to browse the web, watch movies, listen to music and play games… consumption. In turn, trying to create on a device like this is an entirely different, and I believe, a somewhat difficult experience, at least out of the gate so far. I equate this to my personal needs, mostly. I would love to be able to do all of my blogging from this magical device, but unfortunately, I think it would be quite difficult to edit and crop photos and then upload them to my server. Then to actually write out posts (without the aid of a physical keyboard) would also be difficult, or at the very least, not as easy as it would be “normally”.

All that being said, I think as long as you know what you’re getting into, that it’s more like a television, not your laptop, then you should be good. Will I be getting an iPad? Yes, I think will be. Will I also be purchasing a laptop to work from? Absolutely. But my thoughts drift to the future of a generation of kids who won’t be using mice to navigate a screen, where the world is at their fingertips. You know where this is leading us, right? Straight into something out of Minority Report.

When Steven Spielberg made Minority Report he hired a team of futurists to create a realistic vision of the future based upon current technologies and the paths they’re heading down.The computer system that Tom Cruise uses in the movie is entirely gestural, working on a large, ethereal screen where he moved around large chunks of information. There are already prototypes of these kinds of systems floating around, but they really have no foot in reality quite yet. But I feel like the iPad is a step in that direction, though eventually even having a touch screen will begin to feel outdated.

I know a lot of you aren’t big fans of Apple and like to cluster me in the pile of fanboys, but I think that’s a biased opinion. In my opinion, Apple is the only computer company in the world truly innovating in every way. Sure, there are companies all over the world creating similar devices, but why aren’t people lining up around the block for their products? And please don’t say that Apple has good marketing, that’s a weak excuse. Advertising and marketing is a part of business, and if you can’t keep up in that way then how the hell are you ever going to sell anything?

Final thing, if you agree or disagree with me and want to leave a comment, just be sure to be coherent and respectful. I’d rather have a conversation then have to delete people.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 8, 2010 / By

‘The Gift’ by Erik Rinsch

This is one of the coolest short films I’ve seen in a while presented in one of the most obnoxious ways I’ve ever seen. Erik Rinsch is well know for his music videos and commercials, creating pieces like that robot doing parkour, has created his first short film which I think is exclusively for Phillips, thus the shitty TV around the video.

Anyhow, the video is called The Gift and is about a shady looking guy who delivers an ornately decorated gift to an old, rich house somewhere in Russia. I really don’t want to say anymore than that because the film is so short but incredibly detailed and amazing. The characters and costumes and robots created in this short are stunning, reminding me a lot of Neill Blomkamp in shear creativity and scope of vision. Over on /Film they’re already saying that there’s a bidding war for the rights so make this into a feature film, and it was only posted to YouTube yesterday! Big congrats to Mr. Rinsch on finding such sudden success and for bringing creativity to the screen, we need more directors like this.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

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‘Go Do’ by Jónsi with Nico Muhly

One of my favorite albums of the year is Jónsi’s new album Go, it’s like the fun, upbeat pop version of Sigur Rós. Anyhow, Mr. Jónsi has released a new video for his song Go Do in which he performs with producer and and all around talented guy Nico Mulhy. It’s a nice performance of the song, though it always makes me laugh when they dress up. They always look like a Tori Amos video exploded all around them, and I’m not sure I mean that in a nice way…

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 8, 2010 / By

‘Incarnation’ by Mark Ryden

I’ve been a big fan of Mark Ryden for a long time now, back when he painted nothing but meat, Abraham Lincoln and Christian Ricci-esque women… well, that hasn’t really changed over the last 10 years or so, but man is he still amazing. Recently he made this time-lapse video of himself working on a painting called Incarnation which features a woman in a meat dress (of course) standing in a beautiful garden.

It’s really awesome getting to watch him work, and what’s amazing to me is how quickly he seems to be working. From the look of it that painting took him about a week to produce. Obviously this doesn’t include the ideation or sketching part but it’s still cool that he creates these giant paintings so quickly. I also like that he drinks white wine the whole time, clearly I need to invest in a box of two buck Chuck (and then become an amazing artist).

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 8, 2010 / By

PIXELS by Patrick Jean

This little video has been making the rounds today with great force and for good reason. Created by the folks over at One More Production and written & directed by Patrick Jean, PIXELS explores the idea of 8 bit characters and items crossing over to modern day New York and pixelating the hell out of it. The design and animation of this whole video is amazing and hysterical, kind of like District 9 except with Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. Through it all though I think I’d have to say my favorite part is when the Tetris pieces descend, like omniscient, translucent gods coming to PWN your buildings.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 8, 2010 / By

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