In case you haven’t heard, Apple released a new iPad today, instantly rendering any tablet other than this shiny, Retina display miracle obsolete.
We’ve got a few iPad 2′s lying around, but frankly we’re just too embarrassed to be seen using them now that we have colleagues running around with the new iPad. That got us thinking about how you can repurpose your outdated tablet if you haven’t already sold it for parts.
In no particular order, you can:
- Load up a YouTube video of a cat and give it to your dog as a chew toy. –News Editor Kevin Poulsen
- Play frisbee in the dark. –Michael Salvador, production staff
- File off the “2″ and sell it to an unsuspecting “lamestream media” exec. –Wired.com Editor in Chief Evan Hansen
- Give it to Beer Robot. He will remember you did when he achieves World Domination (which will undoubtedly be more difficult with just the original iPad he has now). –Wired Science Senior Editor Betsy Mason
- Use it as a cutting board. –Poulsen
- Did I mention the coaster… –New York Bureau Chief John C. Abell
- An interactive license plate to show your current road rage levels, gas, speed, current music playing, and intoxication levels –Salvador
- Send it to Mike Daisey so he actually knows what an iPad looks like. –Threat Level Editor Ryan Singel
- Turn it into the face for an autonomous robot. –Gadget Lab Staff Writer Christina Bonnington
- Tell your grandma you got her an iPhone for seniors. –Wired Enterprise Staff Writer Caleb Garling
- Attach a chain and become neo-Flava Flav with a digital clock app. –Salvador
- Give it to your IT guys and ask them to simply open it up and upgrade it to a new iPad. –Wired Systems Support Analyst Josh Strom
- Send it wrapped as a gift to the workers at Foxconn. –Director of Editorial Development Shoshana Berger
- Use it as a Conan belt buckle to show your latest wall posts on Facebook and Twitter. Social networking for your waist! –Salvador
- Turn it off, hang it in the shower and use it as the world’s most reflective shaving mirror. –Poulsen
- Get a square magnifying glass to cover the screen and pretend it is Retina display. –Singel
- Permanent Apple TV remote control. –Bonnington
- Keep using you first-generation iPad and have it both ways: You have an iPad but you can also sneer at the fanboys lining up for the shiny new one. –Abell
- Lop off a few inches, load a second-rate OS, and pretend you’re Jeff Bezos. –Wired Enterprise Senior Editor Cade Metz
- Attach iPad 2 to the headrest of an autonomous car driver seat with someone sleeping displayed on screen. –Salvador
Obviously some of these “uses” are a bit more realistic than others — and really, some could be downright dangerous. So please, use your best judgment when it comes to dethroning your old coaster, I mean iPad.