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The iPad – An Ergonomist’s Nightmare, An orthopedic’s Heaven!

April 11, 2010 3 comments

I brought a severe back strain on to myself, trying some heroics playing football with my son, on our building’s terrace.

That could be the reason for the negative tone of this blog post, and that could also be the reason for the “seeming volte face” from the previous blogpost earlier in the day.

But, I visited the homepage of the Apple-website, and was greeted with a huge collection of video-ads about the iPad and its magical features.

Something struck me as odd, and I decided to look closer. Took some screengrabs, and this is what I have.

First see the images, and then, let us continue the “sudden theory” that dawned on me now.

So, does the same thing that struck me as odd, strike you as odd?

Look at all the postures. While they convey the casual ease of use, it is SO OBVIOUS that ergonomics has been “thrown out the window”. Look at all the unnatural postures. Try holding on to such a pose for longer than ten minutes and you’ll get a crick in your lower back, I am sure. And, look at those feet – More often than not, they seem at a higher level than the hands!!

Nobody gives a damn I guess, if you murder your back by watching a movie propped on one elbow, from the couch… Or, if you have to “hold on” to your iPad with a thumb and forefinger to keep it strategically right on the tabletop while you flick away with the other hand….

This is a digital consumer’s dream come true! The iPad is the new-age couch-potato’s bottomless supply of popcorn.

But, it is also one insidiously dangerous device – I am sure orthopedic surgeons will be laughing all the way to their banks!

– Rajendran.

iPad envy!

April 11, 2010 2 comments

The iPad is finally out, and notwithstanding polarized opinions and hate-filled diatribes about it, the verdict is pretty clear.

It is just pure and distilled manna for the couch potato of the information age.

May God save the first human with an iPad who crosses my path. I am not sure how powerful the laserbeams of the evil eye are, but she’s gonna get a full load of it!

I have been set a personal goal. To earn the iPad I so crave. I am to bring my weight down to 80 kgs from the 93.6 it was on Jan 26th (yes, iPad launch day…) I am now hovering over 88.2. It’s gonna be a long drive to the Apple store…

Am gonna go public with my weightloss and tweet everytime I cross a kiloline. Bear with me!

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting quote to keep me company:
As the need for more diminishes, the appreciation for what we have grows!

From a book titled “Pause” by Katherine Gibson (a paperback I am reading… Not on the iPad…)
An image of which I’d have embedded on this usually picture-rich blog (if only I was typing this from the free widescreen wordpress app for the iPad…)

Hmmmm….

Rajendran

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Moved, so, Moving..

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Have finally decided to ditch the hidden-from-everything middle-of-nowhere relic of a blog I had back at Rediff (the Tipping Cup at Rediff Blogs), and resolved to take a new home here at WordPress.

Hope I have a good time giving you a good time.

The new Rajendran of the post-twitter world.

(Basically, no time for embellishments, is what that threatens to say!)