Ed Helms waxes poetic about iPads on stage

On May 10, Chris Hardwick had a conversation with Ed Helms on episode 87 of The Nerdist.  In it, Ed describes an experience he recently had where it would have been a huge help for someone to be able to control his iPad while he’s on stage playing bluegrass:

I used an iPad as my setlist during the show, and what we were talking about is how cool it would be if someone, like a Stage Manager offstage, could scroll a document on the iPad on the stage. … On stage you don’t want to touch the thing. You want it to mirror, someone to remotely control it.  Sort of like a teleprompter, where somebody’s actually controlling the speed of the scrolling text.  And there are teleprompter apps for iPad, but they act on preset timings.  … I don’t care about using my iPad as a remote. I’m talking about remotely controlling my iPad.

[This part of the conversation picks up around minute 9, then comes back around minute 12.]


We heard you, Ed, and we think Idea Flight can help!  You could load a PDF of your setlist on your Stage Manager’s iPad, set him or her up as a Pilot, and set up your iPad as the Passenger.  Then, as the Stage Manager flips the page, your iPad will update simultaneously!


Check out Ed Helms’s band, Lonesome Trio!

About Robert Tolar Haining

As a Technical Architect on Condé Nast's product innovation team, Robert developed the Idea Flight iPad app.  His past work includes leading the development teams for the Epicurious iOS app & the Condé Nast mobile magazine platform.  He enjoys long sits on porches, roasting coffee in a skillet, & singing karaoke in small rooms. You can find him on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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