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The new iPods, perhaps a revolution

The new iPods, perhaps a revolution

2007 is certainly a year to remember at Apple. From the iPhone to the new iMacs, passing through other various updates, we come to last Wednesday to see how Steve Jobs has revised the entire iPod line. Apple’s 2007 has a great protagonist that will soon be released: Leopard, the 10.5 release of OS X which now also affects iPod; this is already a novelty in the novelty, but the one that has attracted attention is certainly iPod touch, the result of the experience gained on the iPhone.

I leave the event reports and a more in-depth examination of the products to the Portali Amici of the “Apple D-User” project to focus attention on a specific question: ” How Usable Are iPods? “.

A premise that is not entirely obvious …
In recent years, technology has offered us new products that we consume by evaluating their technological content as, too often, only the aesthetic sense, the beauty that we like so much to define a product as valid. The mp3 player is certainly among the innovations that have filled pockets and handbags the most after the debut of the mobile phone and the electric gate opener.
The small size, the need for intriguing aesthetic solutions, the need for cost containment have made all mp3 players poorly Accessible and Usable products to the detriment of all D-Users.
If by definition these technological gadgets are mostly “red dot” then why write a special on products generically condemned at the outset? The reason is there, but only for a few days: Apple, certainly unconsciously, has produced the tool to achieve perfect usability in certain conditions of use.

Now the point is: Will Apple ever read this article?
A final premise, also not entirely obvious for those who do not know the world of the Disabled: the assessments made have examined the difficulties of a motor disabled person in the upper limbs and therefore lacking the ability to handle with precision and ease. .

iPod shuffle
The “puppy” of the range is perhaps one of the most attractive models. Its pliers / clip make it a normal product equipped with a natural anchoring aid that will bind it to where the disabled find it more comfortable.

Its simplification compared to the other models also makes it more usable for the disabled or blind while the dystonic, like me, can act on the ring, quite certain that the iPod will remain there in position. A try would be the anchoring to the cuff of the jacket with the headphone wire running inside the sleeve. With a few dark glasses we could even look like “bodyguards”.

iPod classic
What to say? Vaguely recalling a song by Gianna Nannini: “Bello! Beautiful and impossible with that look of her to admire and that memory to dream … Beautiful! ”

There is only one thing to say: who can use it, enjoy it!

iPod classic – Extras
Do not forget that for permanent use there are several Dock accessories and more that allow remote control of the iPod; many products come with a remote control. This can be a great solution for many.

iPod nano
The nano has all the strengths and weaknesses that classic has for the most part. How the large model can be used by those who can …

The image shows the silhouette of the new dwarf

iPod touch
It’s time the talk got really interesting!

For the first time ever, an iPod comes with OS X and WiFi. In other words, we have a truly innovative product, capable of allowing solutions that were previously impractical. To understand better, a broad parenthesis is required which, without wanting to generalize, can be considered a theorem.

The image shows the silhouette of the new touch

The picture shows the iPod touch playing a movie

The motor disability, taken as a representative of a whole category, almost always acts better in the environment in which he lives, be it the home or the office. In that context, there is the possibility to organize ourselves, to make the workstations comfortable and more accessible, to shape the environment and its controls based on personal activities. Even an instrument born to be transported finds a better use in a sedentary condition. I, a motor disability due to Tetra Spastic Paresis, use my Nokia 9500 Communicator at home with total autonomy, which I have to manage by those who accompany me when traveling. The Nokia Communacator like the iPod are “mobile” objects which however can evolve to remain in the hardware themselves …

The iPod touch, or iPod of all time, is also an instrument in itself, which can also be used at home when you relax by listening to music not necessarily from your computer or stereo. Why else would Apple have produced iPod Hi-Fi, Bose its solutions and many other manufacturers with these signatures?
Because iPod is “especially” a transport object, but not only. Because it can be the container that manages the musical contents as an alternative to the computer. Moving towards home automation, we see how solutions that in the past were thought of as mere aids for the disabled are being correlated to the home environment.
This large parenthesis serves to demonstrate that a transportable product can really belong to everyone if it is given a remote control that is now possible and necessary to take into consideration!
Having said that we come to a useful paradox: to realize for an instrument to be touched ( touch ) a software that allows you not to touch it!

The idea
It is not new, I had proposed it to you in February under the name of ” Apple Remote iPhone “When I wrote the second article in the series” The Apple iPhone seen DisabilMente – Reflections, solutions and hopes so that it can also be used by a disabled person “.

Today is the time to speak and ask for the ” Apple Remote iPod “. The possibility of having on the Mac (or PC Win) the exact reproduction of the iPod touch and a software that, through the mouse pointer, emulates the fingertip of the Disabled finger.

Try to imagine, despite not having physical deficits, the convenience of managing an iPod touch placed on an iPod Hi-Fi, or similar product, which plays, downloads, does what you want without engaging the computer’s CPU which can also go to sleep. and wake up when you need it.

Here, this would be real innovation!
A solution that does not change the hardware intended for most, creates a software for all that would make the iPod touch product really for everyone!

There are no technological limitations and Apple has all the tools and human resources to deliver an innovation that is just a heavily scaled-down variant of Apple Remote Desktop.

Don’t touch my iPod!

Not being a Breil watch, perhaps it is better to rewrite the slogan as: “Touch me! How can you do …! ”

If Apple remained deaf to the proposal, it would wipe out much of its own culture fueled by innovation, foresight and that “Think different!” that it has proposed to us for years and that many have listened to, so much so that it has grown to where it is today …

In conclusion
“There is real progress only when the advantages of a new technology become for everyone”
(Henry Ford)

Carlo Filippo Follis
Norisberghen.it – ​​”Apple D-User” Project