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How iPads are helping build Disney World expansion

In business, the usefulness of tablets tend to get overhyped, but in specialized cases they can be invaluable. Here's an example of iPads being used in construction at the latest Walt Disney World expansion.
Written by Jason Hiner, Editor in Chief on

While tablet sales -- mostly the Apple iPad -- continue to accelerate, I've registered my skepticism about how useful they can be for the average business professional. But, I've also noted that tablets can be perfect for a number specialized uses and I'm always on the lookout for new examples. I discovered an interesting one in a recently-posted video from Walt Disney Imagineering, which is putting iPads in the hands of construction workers who are building a new expansion to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

Here are some of the things these workers are doing with the tablets:

  • Viewing 3D models of building plans
  • Accessing permit documents
  • Scheduling
  • Video conferencing and Webex meetings with architects and contractors

These are little productivity improvements that can potentially streamline communications and help mitigate the inevitable changes that can slow down a project.

Take a look at the video below to see the tablets in action.

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This article was originally published on TechRepublic.

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