1. Apple Education Event
Yesterday, Apple hosted their annual spring event. This year they focused on the theme of education. Here are our top 5 takeaways:
1. The “Education” iPad
Catered towards students and educators, the “Education” iPad allows a more “affordable” opportunity to add the device to your backpacks. At a cost of $299 for schools and $329 for everyone else, it ranks less expensive compared to many of its Apple siblings. Some key features include the integration with the Apple Pencil, Apple A10 Fusion chip, HD FaceTime camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and 10 hours of battery life.
2. Logitech Crayons
Logitech has you covered if purchasing a $99 Apple pencil doesn’t fit into the budget. The Logitech Crayon is a similar stylus priced at $49. Thus, it is a cheaper alternative that makes more sense in terms of providing affordable tools for education.
3. iWork Updated
iWork has been updated to complement the useful features of the Apple Pencil. Students and teachers now can build books, write notes, draw pictures, draft lab reports, and many other facets to express work digitally.
4. Classroom Control
Apple is also introducing a new app called Schoolwork for teachers to manage the namesake itself, schoolwork. Teachers will be able to pass out digital assignments, consolidating and streamlining work and communications from teacher to student. 200GB will be added to all student iCloud accounts to compensate for the increased planned data usage.
5. Everyone Can Create
Apple is trying to pivot the iPad as the ultimate classroom tool. With their new initiative, Everyone Can Create, Apple is focusing on enabling students to construct their own music, video, photography, or drawing.
It seems that Apple is putting its foot in the door of the education market that Google and Microsoft currently dominate. Can the iPad contest against the Chromebook? Only time will tell. Clearly, Apple is taking its first baby steps in the lucrative education sector.
(Source: The Verge)
2. Nvidia Merges VR with Real Reality
Essentially, a driver using virtual reality is remotely controlling a car in real life. Props to Nvidia for heeding safety first by driving in a private area to avoid any “Uber” accidents.
3. Robots are Taking Our Jobs!
Meet Flippy! He is a robot designed directly to replace one of the world’s greasiest jobs… burger flipping. Flippy is a flipping patty master. Utilizing image recognition and heat sensing tech, Flippy times each flip just right. This seems like an episode out of Jimmy Neutron. Maybe Neutron’s fully automated restaurant McSpanky’s won’t be too far off in the future.
Featured Image Source: The Verge