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Chopping boards aside, there are some among us -- including writers who prefer pen and paper to tapping on gesture-based screens.
So why not turn your iPad into a typewriter for those moments of creative writing?
The USB typewriter keyboard can turn your iPad, Mac or PC into a retro-typing machine. As the name suggests, it is plugged in through a USB port on your device.
Merging modern electronics with old fashioned slight of hand magic, Japanese street magician Shinya shows us how it's done.
In 2010, a surgery was performed in Kobe, Japan. iPads were used in conjunction with OsiriX 3D navigation software to help surgeons by acting as an interactive, detailed monitor. In the video, we can see assistants zooming in and out on the screen as others perform the procedure.
It was not the most elegant solution, as the device had to be wrapped in plastic -- not only to stop fluids breaking it, but for hygiene purposes. It also required two people to use it, one to hold the item and another to show the screen to doctors, but as iPad use in the medial profession continues to grow, it may yet prove as valuable a tool as a scalpel.