A common complaint levied against the iPad when it launched was its lack of a USB connection. But just because the device does not have a dedicated USB slot doesn't mean you can't connect USB devices to it.
The USB workaround for the iPad comes in the form of Apple's $29 official iPad camera connection kit. Designed primarily to get photos transferred to the iPad from any camera, the accessory actually allows certain USB devices to connect to the iPad as well. Some USB devices that appear to work through this connection so far include microphones, speakers and keyboards.
Just keep in mind that this isn't an "official" capability for the accessory — or even the OS — for that matter so your mileage may vary as far as device compatibility.
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