From airplane cockpits to barber shops, mobile devices are making life easier for you, even if sometimes you might not even realize it. Adam Balkin filed the following report.
It's a no-brainer, really. If you could replace a 40-pound case filled with papers and manuals with a single tablet that can hold all the same stuff and more, wouldn't you make that trade Delta Airlines agrees, so it's started the process of moving pilot flight kits to Microsoft Surface 2 tablets.
Delta had been among those, including United-Continental and Alaska Air, using iPads for flight manuals, but decided to switch to Surfaces to stay in line with the rest of the company, which works in a Microsoft Windows environment.
The move to tablets is not only easier on pilots' shoulders as they walk through massive airports, it also helps reduce clutter in the cockpit.
"It makes things easier, not only to stay updated with the latest information, because we can connect to the company real time and get the latest operational updates, but also during the flight, managing all this information on the tablet is a lot easier than accessing all the charts and documents," says Jay Hanson, a Delta pilot and flight instructor.
Delta also says that the move helps make it greener because not having to carry all those paper flight kits on board also means burning approximately 1.2 million fewer gallons of fuel per year.
Another spot where a mobile device just makes sense these days is in a barbershop. In a move that makes you wonder why it's taken so long to figure this one out, Harry's in SoHo has decided to use iPads and its own custom app to help you avoid that long conversation with your barber about how to cut your hair exactly how you'd like it.
"After the haircut, the barber will take a picture of them with an iPad. Usually take three pictures, one from the front, one from the side, one from the back," says Jeff Raider of Harry's Corner Shop. "That picture is then date stamped, so we know the actual cut that you got, the last time that you got the cut. Then, the barber's able to make notes, like 'Use a 3 on the side' and 'Keep it tight on the back.'"
Harry's owners say that they hope that future versions of the app will also allow customers to quickly get advice from friends on which haircut to get.