is surprisingly covering hardware and wrote a great article about a
product due in April from Zoom Media Plus. This is a memory card that
you can attach to your Iphone or Ipod using the 30 pin connector that
automatically gives you a memory boost to drag and drop music or files
from one system to another.
Of course, this is immediately useful technology which is nice to see, but also coincides with the Apple Ipad that is on its way in the latter half of March 2010. What Zoom Media Plus
does is offer an adapter between the SD card and the 30 pin connector
on your IPod or Iphone. Looking at how the Ipad works, and the idea
that it also has a 30 pin connector that hooks to your computer, you
get an automatic memory boost for your Ipad. Great news for folks who
were thinking of picking up the cheapest Ipad to play around with a
knowing that 16 Gig’s on the cheapest model is not going to go far.
What makes this one of the more fun ideas to come around is that you can also load windows on an SD card,
so with some serious hacks and some work, it is highly likely that you
could get your Apple Ipad to launch and use windows, or launch a VMWare
instance using a native Iphone/IPod VMWare system.
The possibilities here are endless and can change much of how we do
things. Especially if you can boot a VMWare session to back end systems
using the Ipad with or without the extra memory stick from Zoom Media
With a 32 Gigabyte SDHC Card going for roughly 75 to 90 dollars,
you can get an instant upgrade to your Ipad without paying the extra
overhead about getting the memory from Apple itself. In total, you can
do this yourself for under 150 bucks, and load what you want on it.
This is a liberating technology, especially if you can use it the way
you want to and extend the Ipad to work with windows, or better yet run
up a virtual machine to interact with many of the back end systems that
are based on windows. I can see many immediate uses here especially for
IT workers, and education. That is the fun part, companies come up with
OEM hardware and software, and people immediately start finding uses
for it that the OEM just did not think of.
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- Wyse talks up Apple iPad as thin client (v3.co.uk)
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(Cross-posted @ TechWag )