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The iPad – The Scientist’s Best Friend?


Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the way we do our jobs. From taking payments to using apps to carry out entire marketing campaigns – we no longer rely on being glued to our desks to get things done. If you thought iPads just benefitted office workers then guess again – they’re helping scientists to make important breakthroughs too. Read on to discover how the iPad is changing science for the better.

Less equipment, fewer problems

Researchers in the field encounter several hurdles due to the amount of equipment that they carry. Between carrying a laptop, a GPS navigator, a camera, a notebook and anything else needed to carry out the research – being out in the field can be a physical test of strength for a researcher. Taking an iPad out and about, however, reduces the amount of equipment needed. It can also transmit data straight to others through mobile connectivity and cloud storage. Performing multiple functions in one lightweight and portable item, the iPad is the most obvious tool for effective field research.

It inspires future scientists

Science is a difficult topic to get kids interested in. The term ‘science nerd’ is something that has unfortunately stuck around. Combining technology and science in the classroom, however, is something that offers students a more immersive experience and retains their interest. Some of the tools available for the iPad make it possible to conduct classroom experiments, with studies proving that the concepts of forces and motion were able to be explained and understood better by elementary students. This introduction of these new methods of learning meant teachers could incorporate 21st-century learning practices into the classroom, adapting to current technology trends.

Lab work made easy

Today’s research methods rely heavily on protocols, something that in the past would have required a lot of writing and working out to help develop the right recipe for success. Today, apps like LabGuru allow a scientist to go paperless, effectively creating online protocols on a computer that can then be picked up on an iPad in the lab with data being instantly transmitted for analysis at another stage. This helps reduce the risk of data loss and ensures everything is backed up and accessible – ideal for researchers and scientists working on different projects or several scientists working on a single project at the same time.

The future?

While you’ll still need your basics, like the right scientific balance scale supplier or chemical manufacturer – new tools are being developed all the time that can make a scientist’s work much easier. From the classroom to the lab, the effect that an iPad has had on science is already something to celebrate.

As technology and mobile applications evolve, it will be interesting to see what other developments will take place that will benefit the science community. Even basic health and safety apps can help improve a workspace environment and help researchers conduct safer experiments.

It’s an exciting time to work in the field, and an iPad could be the tool you need to help you make that crucial breakthrough.

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Milana Rose, AppLecture news editor. Kind, sympathetic and very inquisitive person, who loves to help people with the "computer", and not only those challenges sufficiently due to her knowledge. Hobbies - Apple products, drawing, dancing, swimming, a healthy lifestyle. In a private use - MacBook Air, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod Nano 5, iPod touch, Mac Mini.
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