Over the years I’ve written a lot about various presentations devices that can be utilized for presentations; the variety is endless and the applications are only limited by the imagination.
The iPad is slowly morphing into a stellar presentation tool. As more and more people adopt the iPad as their main device for handling day to day activities it only makes sense that, eventually, business people will be more at ease in using it in situations otherwise relegated to presentation based programs.
A few years ago I wouldn’t have been too excited to suggest that an iPad be used for a presentation of any type, especially court room presentations. Too risky. Too many “what if” scenarios.
But, that was then and this is now.
Several firms are now capitalizing on producing niche-specific iPad apps at affordable prices for the legal industry and with each new release the apps are only getting better.
Today I’m writing about utilizing an iPad without a specific app.. just using it by modifying or adapting off the shelf apps to present information to several screens at one time.
Yep, it can be done!
Video Resources Inc, (a/k/a the Mother ship) has been a leader for the past 30 or so years in pushing the envelope when it comes to problem solving and trouble shooting presentation challenges and I’m fortunate to have their expertise at my disposal. My typical “audience” is twelve jurors and a judge while the typical audience for a Video Resources presentation ranges from 250 to 1500 people.
When I’m tapped to go to court I enter into the fray knowing they’ve got my back. Seriously, there is no issue that I encounter that they haven’t solved.
OK- on with the article:
The corporate world is embracing tablet computers, primarily the Apple iPad, at a record pace. The iPad has evolved in a few short years from being another Apple novelty to a serious workhorse and The iPad is proving perfect for both sales and tech support calls. The form factor, ease of use, long battery life, no barrier presentation advantage, speed and security are well suited for many uses. Sure there are many off the shelf apps that are very useable and many organizations are either creating their own or building a custom interface on top of existing platforms. We have even built a few for our clients ranging from simple org charts with team bios, to interactive sales catalogs with product animations.
One extension of integrating iPads into an organization is training the users on the use of the required apps while also providing guidelines on best practices and tips for general iPad use. To facilitate the iPad training that Video Resources provide or that our clients provide, Video Resources came up with a wireless solution that integrates into an AV presentation environment with high-resolution projection and quality audio fidelity typically required for large audiences.
Recently Video Resources did this in Dallas, San Diego and Prague for a medical equipment sales force. The wireless solution is a natural for the iPad and allows the presenter complete freedom to demonstrate the apps and also control and present other support visuals using Apple Keynote (for PowerPoint like presentations) and any other app on the iPad.
These pictures show the iPad in action on a 40′ wide screen using DVI into a high-resolution scaler and then to a 12,000 lumen projector (12k) with a blended screen with audio into a line array speaker system.
OK – granted, you may not completely understand all the tech-stuff here, but, at least be aware that you have another arrow in your quiver should the need arise. You never can tell when you may need a solution for a presentation challenge. And we’ll have it.
If you want to learn more or to set-up support for an upcoming event just give Video Resources a call at (800) 261-7266.