@EE,etc.: As one example of the use of the iPad, about a year ago I build a ukulele (don't ask :-)
The first thing you want to do when you have a ukuleke is tune it ... I was thinking about going to the local music store to buy an electronic tuner, but then I thought "I wonder if they have an app for that?" THEY DO!!!
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.