¿Estás lista para un nuevo juguete?

– ¡Tenemos un nuevo juguete! ¿Estás lista para un nuevo juguete? ¿Te gustan los juguetes nuevos?
-Yeah.

Pero el juguete que le dan a esta muñeca de dos años y medio no es otra cosa que un iPad, que no  ha usado nunca (aunque sí ha usado el iPhone de su padre, al parecer). Dos años y medio y para ella el usar una pantalla táctil es algo natural. Juega a su juego favorito de letras, explora las imágenes almacenadas (“ey! wait a minute! that’s a picture of me and doggy!”), aporrea el piano virtual (me sé de uno que cortaría las manos a quien manejase así su iPhone o iPad, aunque fuese su propia hija)…

Para estos críos las pantallas táctiles son el ahora, no un futuro que toca a la puerta. Crecerán con ellas y con toda la tecnología que las rodea: redes inalámbricas y conexión a la red casi permanente, realidad aumentada y disponibilidad instantánea de información. Espero que sepan aprovecharlo bien.

Quién fuera esa niña. O mejor, quién fuera la nieta de la nieta de esa niña. O el nieto, vaya. El caso es haber nacido un poquito más en el futuro, para no quedarme con la duda de si será un paraíso tecnológico o un yermo inhabitable.

Via Laughing Squid

iFreeTablet. Spain is not so different

Spain is not -so- different. And thus, when they present an alternative to iPad, they call it iFreeTablet.

If I ever create an evil machine to conquer the World I’ll call it iWorldDominationDevice. And you know what? Its OS is called… SIeSTA. Not my machine’s, but iFreeTablet’s OS. SIeSTA! Which stands for Sistema Integrado de eServicios y Tecnologías de Apoyo (integrated system of e-services and support technologies). Only Spain could come up with such a name for an operative system. Will it enter hibernate mode between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.?

Jokes apart, iFreeTablet looks quite interesting. Moving around 300€-400€, it offers open software (with a Debian-based OS) running on the following hardware:

  • 10.2” display, 1024×600.
  • Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor.
  • 160G SATA HDD.
  • Ethernet and WiFi adapter.
  • 1.3 Mpixels webcam.
  • 3 USB ports, VGA output, headphone and microphone plugs, internal microphone, card reader.
  • DIMM slot, 2 Mini PCI-E (WiFi & 3G)
  • Up to 2.5h battery life.
  • 28 cm x 18 cm x 0,24 cm,  1.03 kg (battery included).

Will it be a better option than iPad? App Store is already offering thousands of applications and games, and people simply fall in love with Apple’s designs. It is beautiful, comfortable, and what it does, it does brilliantly.

But iFreeTablet offers what iPad does not: it is open to a myriad of possibilities. Just to name a few: Augmented Reality with the camera, impossible with an out-of-the-box iPad;  a decent mediabox thanks to its VGA output and headphone plug, which iPad lacks (at least a standard plug); and finally, 3 USB ports to connect an absurd variety of devices, which iPad lacks once again.

Now it’s up to you and what you need. Design and comfort versus versatility. Although it’s not always a matter of really needing it, is it?

Some harmless jokes about iPad. Not ours, though.

There are enough unkind remarks about Apple’s Next Big Thing (ha ha!) out there. These are just some images that made me laugh.

If Mario can do it , why not your iPhone?

Pick that mushroom!

Or, if you can’t afford hallucinogen mushrooms, you may try this…

Sherlock method.

I love this one. If I say “Midget with an iPhone”, perspective is totally lost!

Midget with an iPhone.

And finally, how Google should upgrade their Nexus One to compete with iPad!

Google's response.

All of them were found deep within Reddit. Blame Internet, not me! Personally, I think that the true power of iPad comes not from the gadget itself, but from the many thousands of applications already available in the App Store.