I'm just about to go to bed for the night (I have to get up in about 4 hours to go to the first manufacturer) but I couldn't resist sharing two things with you.
1) A shot of the iPad 2 and a brass Stylus Cap working amazingly well together. More importantly, the iPad 2's industrial design is a work of art. The Apple design team really outdid themselves with this one. Holding it in my hands for the first time this afternoon, all I could think was, "This is the iPad that nature intended." It just feels right.
And smart covers? Man oh man. That is a product only Apple would even consider developing, let alone put into production. At most companies, an idea like Smart Covers wouldn't make it out of the initial brainstorm session. "They'll laugh us out of the room". If by some chance it survived the brainstorm, it would have been killed by a number cruncher. "Magnets are way too expensive. Management will never go for it." And if by some act of God it escaped that stage, a mid-level exec would have killed it after seeing a crude prototype, "No way will we make something with magnets. People will never go for it. Where is the rest of the case?" The fact that it exists and it can be bought is just as miraculous as the product itself. A true testament to Apple's willingness to say "Sometimes the point is just to be awesome".
2) After about an hour into the flight to Buffalo, I finally started to come off of my ID geek high and put Sketchbook Pro through its paces. I whipped up this little doodle on the iPad 2 using a Stylus Cap.
Not bad, not great, just a little something I messed around with. I realized halfway through I never do any still life sketching anymore. Most of what I do is quick and dirty design sketching meant to convey an idea. I have to do more of this relaxed work just to have fun.