give me a kindle or an iPad

I am flying in an Airbus 330 of US Airways, back from Barcelona. Just like any other flights, as soon as I settled down, a flight attendance came to me offering a newspaper. Since I was reading my New York Times on my iPad, I politely declined her offer. Then, about 10 minutes later, a routine “please turn off all your electronic devices” announcement came through. I grudgingly turned off my iPad and started looking for something to read. Since I travel only with my iPad and MacBook Air nowadays, I often find myself having nothing to read during the takeoff and landing. I sometimes read airline magazines, Duty Free shopping magazines, the dreadful Sky Mall catalogue (although I must admit that it is always inspiring to read it to find out what not to do in terms of innovation), and even safety instruction cards.

So here is a suggestion. Why don’t airliners work with Apple (or Amazon) to design an iPad (or a Kindle) that does not interfere with their system and handout iPad (or Kindle) pre-loaded with newspapers, magazines, and popular books? In fact, Samsung or any other Android-based tablet device manufacturers might do it as well. This device should be pre-certified so that passengers can continue to read contents during the take-off and landing. It will save papers, keep my fingers clean and most importantly give me something to read during that takeoff and landing period (probably the most boring time during any flight).

P.S. I wrote this posting couple months ago, but never uploaded to my blog site. Recently, Wall Street Journal had this article raising a question about the necessity of the routine procedure of “turning off all your electronics”. 

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Academy of Management 2009 in Chicago

Currently I am in Chicago to attend 2009 Academy of Management Meeting. I will try to tweet using #AOM2009 while I am there. I have two panels that I am being part of. The first panel tomorrow is on digital convergence and the emergence of new firms. I will be talking about the new innovation opportunities that arise from radical digital convergence. The second panel on Saturday is on teaching design methods and skills to MBA students. I will be sharing my experiences of teaching “Designing Innovation in an iPod world”. Both sessions will be fun and interesting. I will also try to attend few research presentations before I return home on Monday.

Today, it was a beautiful day and I had a chance to walk down the Millennium Park. I took some pictures using my new iPhone 3GS. Here are some of those pictures.

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In case you were wondering why I did not post anything last two months: I was busy having too much fun with family in Korea and dealing with flooding in the basement. Well, in fact, I was completely overwhelmed by the Special Issue of Organization Science, NSF proposal and few revisions for journal articles. Now, the summer is almost gone, I should try to be more consistent in my posting.