Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has proved again that he’s no slouch when it comes to technology. One of the richest men in the United States he made his money selling information display systems. And his current display system of choice? An iPad. That’s because a new iPad was spotted in New York this week helping in a Mayor Bloomberg speech.
He’s using an iPad to help him organise his office, his schedule and no doubt his life. And, importantly, he’s using the iPad to help him with his speeches. That’s great news. Not least because it reinforces the feeling that speakers are actively looking for alternatives to PowerPoint and other innovative ways to present.
Using a back lit iPad has its advantages in a darkened auditorium. And it’s apparently not much different to using an autocue; a device with which the Mayor should be familiar. Of course, the iPad in the Mayor Bloomberg speech sits on his lectern. And, consequently it’s well below eye level. So, already there’s a clear difference between the iPad as a speaker aid and autocue. However there are clearly some advantages. Because otherwise we can’t imagine that Mayor Bloomberg would use the iPad for his speech. So, those advantages probably include:
And, of course, those advantages probably count for a lot with a busy man like Mayor Bloomberg and his speeches.
However, the big question remains. Is the iPad still cool now it’s been spotted as a speaker aid?
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