Not animation related but pretty damn cool

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Yesterday, while announcing the iPad 2, Apple showed a video that truly made me proud to have worked at Apple for 10 years.

In a video called "iPad Year One" Apple highlighted how the iPad is being used in a variety of ways, but the most powerful story showed it's use in helping children with Autism.  One blogger at the event remarked, "Man this is actually really emotional ... Damn you Apple for making everyone here cry about the iPad."

Please take a minute to read this article by the mom of boy with Autism featured in the video.

Apple, 3rd party developers, and most importantly the amazing people who dedicate themselves to helping children are remarkable in how they use technology to help people.  It is a powerful reminder for me about what is important and why technology should not be about what product has more RAM or adding the latest "must have item" on a spec sheet.  Technology should make our lives better.  With animation, I hope I will discover a way to put that lesson into similar practice.

If you want to do something to help children with Autism I encourage you to consider donating to one of the many organizations doing really wonderful work with these kids.

Here is a foundation that I happen to know that I hope you take a moment to look at: The Horse Boy Foundation.  They work with kids and their families using horses as part of their therapy.  Amazing stuff.


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