Research In Motion’s upcoming PlayBook tablet device made a live guest appearance on home turf today at a Toronto press conference on how these devices that fall between smartphones and laptops will change life as we know it.
When it comes to real-world uses for tablets, most examples understandably came from Apple’s iPad, the old man on the block at eight months old.
The iPad helps autistic children communicate and helps hospitals manage patients. Corporate software maker SAP has even built an iPad app for business intelligence. The list goes on.
Enter RIM’s vice president for special projects, David Neale, with a functioning but not polished PlayBook in hand.
The crowd, a few hundred tech-types, appeared genuinely excited, like they were thinking, “How could I get someone special to buy me one of these babies for Christmas?”