Monthly Archives: May 2010

My Initial Thoughts on the iPad After Observing it in the Wild

Until yesterday the only thing that has been intriguing to me about the iPad is the ability to create drawings and digital paintings mostly due to James’s posts on iPad Creative, so screen size would be paramount.
After watching Valdis Krebs and Shawn Joyner use their iPads this week at the Nokia workshop event, I must say that I am not that intrigued.
For some reason, it must have been the angles of Apple’s adverts, I thought that the actual screen size would be larger more like a sheet of 8.5×11 / A4 paper and not the size of a medium-ish moleskine or my current small-ish Wacom tablet. Why pay $499 for an animated version of my 7 year old Wacom tablet?
I would be much more intrigued by a mobile device the size of a Nokia N97/N900 or an iPhone that had a 8.5×11/A4 sized screen that folded out, so that it could both fit in one’s pocket and also fold out to a full paper sheet size for drawing, writing, multiple apps open at once, plus a larger viewing area.

The Big Adventure, Day 3

Nokia N86: Who knew that ATM's dispense White Nokia N97s?
Nokia N97: Workshop - Andy, Laura, and Tim Nokia N97: Workshop - Norman and Virginia Nokia N97: Workshop - Jonne, Petri, and Valdis Nokia N86: Jonne and Valdis Nokia N86: Shawn and his iPad Nokia N86: Petri and His Award Winning Photo as Japantown Pedestal Disqus Player Nokia N86: Sideview Nokia N86: The Class Picture, thought up by Roland, taken by Justine Nokia N86: Damian and Jonne Nokia N86: Valdis, Shawn, Rich, Topi, and Hywel Nokia N86: Rich, Topi, and Joni at the after event drinks Nokia N86: Valdis and Andy

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97 and her N86.

Wed 05.12.10 – Day 3: The Last Day of the Big Adventure. Today we worked in small groups and pairs on the various bits. The best part is towards the end when we were sent out in our pair groups for 20 minutes outside of the Hotel Kabuki to take funny/fun/silly photos for a prize. My photo of Petri on a concrete pedestal was the winner, Petri won a large bottle of good sake. Go Petri, Go!
I would like to extend an big thanks to the Firefish folk for putting on a well-organized workshop and to the Nokia folk for coming a long way to workshop with North American tech folk. While at times it was hard, by the end of today much had been gathered and gained.
Thanks all.

The Big Adventure, Day 2

The Fabulous Elevator at the Park Kensington Hotel Bright Sunny Morning Hotel Kabuki's Courtyard Nokia N97: Topi & Petri enjoying the sunshine Nokia N97: As seen on break, Willow tree Nokia N97: Japantown Roland basking in the glow of his Monitor Driving down Post Street during the Golden Hour Rich & Laura at dinner in the Fabulous Submarine themed ballroom Damian and Ben Topi My favorite submarine port painting above Rich's head: The Seal & his Hat Topi, Rich, and Laura in the amazing elevator with a couch! Foyer of the Park Kensington Hotel

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N97 and her N86.

Tues 05.11.10 – Day two: the day we workshopped in a conference room at the Kabuki Hotel from 9:30am until 7pm discussing a wide variety of topics around smart phones, until we were all sapped. Then we took cabs down to Farallon for a delightful and reviving dinner in the 4th floor submarine themed ballroom at the Kensington Park Hotel.

The Big Adventure, Day 1

LAX Hotel Kabuki Japantown Andy, Rich, and Hywel at dinner Meyer Lemon & Pea Shoot Risotto Roland and Virginia

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N86.

Mon 05.10.10 – Rather than go into a big explanation about the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) and why I am in San Francisco until Wednesday evening, let’s just say that I am in San Francisco for a mobile device related event and I am having a good, stimulating adventure. Here are some photos of various bits, Japantown, and an amazing meal at SPQR on Filmore.