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Digital Control iBook: A Flashier Way to Study

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João Brito, Filomena Soares, Celina P. Leão

University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Paper No. IMECE2012-87511, pp. 69-73; 5 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Education and Globalization; General Topics
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4521-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Nowadays, the iPad tablet is the first choice by frequent users of new technologies. According to Nielsen Company, the iPad holds about 82% of tablet’s market share in the USA. Due to the multi-touch interface, the iPad can captivate the user since it allows interactivity, it is a friendly tool and the user’s interface is activated by our natural and most used pointer, the finger. The user easily learns how to work on this kind of technology because iPad has also an elegant and intuitive interface. These aspects, among others, make the iPad a relevant tool for work, study and leisure. Once Apple makes both hardware and operating system, it is possible to develop an application to take advantage of the iPad’s hardware. In this sense, the main idea of this project is to develop an iBook for iPad that will serve as a support tool to two Course Units of the MSc in Industrial Electronics and Computer Engineering (MIEEIC) at School of Engineering in University of Minho: Applied Mathematics (second year) and Digital Control (third year). A portable tool like the iPad is an asset to the student’s needs in learning process. In particular, the iBook for this project will really help and support the students and make their study easier when learning Digital Control and Applied Mathematics.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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