One of the popular uses I can see for PlayBooks and other tablets is the ability to simply forms and procedures that are currently done on paper. I know many companies that are already streamlining forms on their BlackBerrys but the PlayBook’s larger screen allows for proper signature capture. While some companies do provide solutions for signature capture using BlackBerry smartphones they are kind of clunky. To show off how RIM thinks this kind of feature could work they released the source code of a sample app for developers to check out.
Here is how RIM describes it:
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with its 7" touchscreen provides an ideal form factor for capturing and collecting signatures. The attached Signature Pad sample application demonstrates the best practices of capturing signature on the BlackBerry tablet such as touch point smoothing to make the signature look more like a paper signature, encoding signature data into JPEG format, saving signature data to the file system and adjusting the thickness of the line to match finger or stylus precision.
If you are a developer you can check out the sample Adobe Actionscript app code here. I could use a program that would let me take a picture of a document and sign it and then email it… 🙂 I really wish RIM would keep on churning out proof of concept apps like these for both WebWorks and AIR apps for the PlayBook. They are a great way to introduce devs into different use cases.