The Apple iPad via Apple
Windows based tablet devices have been around for ages, and now a new generation of devices are being reinvigorated from beneath the shadow of the Apple announcement.
HP Tablet via Gizmodo
The most promising of the new batch of iPad competitors are following a similar architectural strategy as Apple. Numerous vendors are showing tablet prototypes based on Google's Android mobile phone operating system.
Archos Android based tablet via Dance with Shadows
Furthermore, software houses are quickly moving to show that their wares will be compatible with the iPad. One very interesting announcement has come from Citrix, which has shown Windows 7 running via Citrix on top of the new iPad software simulator.
Of course it is too early to tell how well Windows or any other application will run on the iPad, as the devices just don't exist and outside of a few folks at Apple, very few people have actually had an opportunity to put one through its paces.
The iPad's operating system is based on the iPhone and it runs the same Safari browser as the iPhone. The iPad though, has a 9.7" screen which is capable of running at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. (Only a few short years ago, this was the standard screen resolution of all computer monitors.)
To get a sense of what an image of that size looks like compared to your current monitor, click on and expand the below image which is a picture of the OSCAR Schedule, set to the 1024 x 768 dimensions. Now, from corner to corner, squish or stretch the image until you measure 9.7" and you'll have a rough sense of what size the iPad is, and what an unmodified version of OSCAR would feel like, running via the iPad Safari browser.
1024 x 768 pixel resolution image of the OSCAR Schedule (click to enlarge)
Many in the health care industry are very excited about the potential of using the iPad for not just unmodified access to existing applications, but also with purpose built, tablet centric tools.
We've long noted that doctors don't have technology adoption problems (as demonstrated by the wide use of iPhones and Blackberrys within the medical community), just issues with the value proposition of the existing medical IT technologies (as demonstrated by the weak market adoption rates in North America of the current batch of EMR/EHR platforms).
When it comes to health care, technology such as the iPad definitely seems, at least at this early stage, to have the potential to excite medical practitioners in a way that will deliver transformative change to the way one runs ones practice.
We don't have long to wait to see if this new technology will actually work.
In June, the first batch of OSCAR users will be firing up their freshly delivered iPads and pointing it at their OSCAR servers.
Minutes afterwards, the OSCAR iPad Experience will be christened.