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11 Unique Uses For The iPad That You’ve Probably Never Thought Of Before

Yaara Lancet 07-05-2012

unique uses for ipadThe iPad is awesome. It’s great for games, it’s excellent for productivity, it can be used for sketching, taking notes, reading books and articles or as entertainment for children. All of these are pretty straightforward uses most of us have thought of and even utilized. But what else can the iPad do?


When I started writing this article, I couldn’t even imagine some of the uses people put iPads to. Now, I believe anything is possible with this rectangle of light and electronics. Below you will find some of the most innovative, unique and downright crazy uses I could find for the iPad, none of which involves breaking, wrecking or ruining it. Prepare to be amazed!


Ever wished you could find the perfect non-distraction working environment? This might be it. This video shows an iPad connected to a real typewriter, and used instead of the old fashioned piece of paper we’re used to see. Each letter typed on the typewriter is transmitted onto the iPad, which even moves back and forth along with the typewriter’s mechanism.

Aircraft/Helicopter Remote Control

This video is a bit on the long side, but is definitely worth watching, especially if you’re into remote control planes. If you want to skip to the action, it starts around 5:45. This video gives a detailed demonstration of the Parrot AR.Drone, an iPad-controlled aircraft. The drone is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen, and despite not being an enthusiast, I am now seriously considering asking for this thing for my next birthday.

Musical Instrument

This video shows Chinese pianist Lang Lang playing Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad connected to a piano. It’s unclear what app is being used here, and whether he’s merely tapping to create the notes or performing something more intricate, but whichever is true, this is still an enchanting performance, especially considering he’s playing on a mere iPad.

Restaurant Menu

Using the iPad as a menu in a restaurant is not a new idea, and I’ve heard of some restaurants who are starting to do this.However,  I’ve never actually seen this in action, and therefore found this demo both interesting and amusing. This menu app can choose dishes for you based on the weather, and lets you decide how cooked you want your steak to be. Hopefully, no one goes home with the menu.


Become A Famous Artist

David Hockney is a English painter who was well-known well before the iPad ever existed, but is now famous for creating beautiful art works by using only his fingers and an iPad. In this video you can see Hockney in action, as well as some of his beautiful works. Museums show exhibitions of these works on multiple iPads, which are presented in dark rooms for better viewing. It’s amazing to realize that these beautiful painting were all made on an iPad.

Ultimate Cat Toy


A while back I told you about my adventures with the iPad as a cat toy 7 Cat Games for Your iPad or Android Tablet Here are some of the best iPad games for cats, as well as Android tablet games your feline friend will love. Read More . The experiment was a wild success, and my cats enjoyed it immensely, while being surprisingly gentle on the iPad, not even scratching it. Of course, I’m not the only one to turn her iPad into an over-priced cat toy, and you can find many videos on YouTube depicting cats enjoying themselves with the tablet. Unlike  many of the other uses mentioned in this article, this is actually once you can easily try at home. All you need is a cat!

Magic Show

This video has become very popular last month, and if you haven’t seen it yet, hurry up. Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales use several iPads to create a magical exhibition about their city, Stockholm, and the result is one of the most interesting uses for the iPad I’ve seen yet. It’s so well made, what happens on screen seems to entirely mix with reality, until it becomes hard to know what’s real and what’s not.


Become A DJ

While this kind of music might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the fact that this scratching session was performed on two iPads, makes everything a bit more appealing. This might not be the cheapest solution for the professional DJ, but it’s bound to attract some attention.

Light Painting

This is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen done with an iPad. Even after watching the video, I’m still not entirely sure how these stop-frame animations are made, but the result is almost unreal, and looks like a static painting made out of light sitting in mid-air. This video explains a bit about how the technique is used, and then cuts over to a short film made with this light painting technique. Don’t miss this one. Really.

World’s Biggest iPhone

While this might not be the most original use for the iPad, it’s probably one of the most amusing ones. In this video, John Biggs from CrunchGear is attempting (and succeeding!) to call his wife using Truephone for iPad.  There are several apps out there that turn your iPad into a phone, very much including mainstream options such as Skype, but the idea of calling your wife on the iPad and holding it against your ear to talk is really amusing.

Interactive Cutting Board

Saving the best for last. Well, maybe not the best, but definitely the weirdest. This video demonstrates how to use an app called iCut, which I could not manage to actually find for download, to equally cut bread, cake, or whatever else you’re trying to divide. According to the video, you place the cake on the iPad itself (using a protective layer in between), tell the app how many people are sharing this cake and how big you want the slices to be, and then slice the cake right on the iPad according to the lines. While I couldn’t find the actual app, this doesn’t seem to be a joke, but a genuine way for people to share equal portions of cake. Ingenious!


Your Turn

These are the best and craziest uses I could find for the iPad. Now it’s your turn. Do you know of a unique way to use the iPad I didn’t mention? Did you use your iPad in a way no one has thought of before? Share everything in the comments!

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  1. Theo Reisinger
    October 9, 2012 at 3:06 am

    It's hard to believe someone consider using a tablet/iPad to cut bread with lol

  2. Naveen Nandakumar
    August 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    great for taking notes in meetings. You can do "other" things when the meetings are not productive.

  3. Andres Leon
    August 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Amazing, now I have found one reason to war one, hahaha

  4. Urbano Rodriguez
    June 16, 2012 at 1:20 am
  5. Bejan
    June 14, 2012 at 2:09 am

    With Boxfish ( [Broken URL Removed] ) you can search every word spoken on TV in real time. They index TV content and make it searchable, sort of like google for TV. Through Boxfish, you can also change the channel on your TV with your Ipad. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KSfanpwGsc

  6. Les
    May 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Makes an ideal lightbox for small tracing jobs

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      That it does. Good one. :)

  7. Jack Cola
    May 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    You can even control lighting shows

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Nice! Thanks for sharing that, it's awesome.

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  9. Castle
    May 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I use it to fix a wobbly table. It could be used as an over sized iPod Touch, oh wait...

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 9, 2012 at 6:30 am

      That's pretty funny. :)))

  10. Grunge
    May 8, 2012 at 4:01 am

    And the weirdest things always happens in Japan! >_<

  11. denn
    May 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

    This use takes some beating.


    • Yaara Lancet
      May 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Yeah, saw this one when I was looking around. Funny. :) Although I thought which uses the a specialized cutting board app was much more bizarre.

      • Sandee George
        June 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        how is the IPad used with the typewriter an app or a direct connection - I want to know how

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

          Wish I knew! I assume it's an app for sure, and there's definitely a physical connection to make it move like that, but I don't know much beyond that. You might be able to find more information on Google.

        • Tom
          June 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

          It' quite simple actually. You mount the iPad on the typewriter (which might be a real one as well, converted for digital work), you put in a socket that connects the iPad to the typewriter and then just type! It's the same as bluetooth keyboards, but now you connect it. The typewriter moves this way by itself, because it was how they used to type on them :p

        • Yaara Lancet
          June 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

          Hey Tom,

          I can't reply to you directly because the thread is too long, hope you see this anyway.

          It has to be a digital typewriter, not one of the old ones. In that case, I guess it is just like any other keyboard, only cooler. :)