Technology is everywhere and bearing this in mind, more and more people are using different types of technology in several ways.
A recent survey conducted by the Intelligence Group suggests that kids increasingly prefer technology gadgets, such as mobile phones, tablets, iPads, computer games and so on, over the more traditional toys.
Two-thirds of the 800 children surveyed stated that they would prefer to have a gadget bought for them instead of toys to play with. Around 35% of the children surveyed, owned a mobile phone and 28% owned a computer tablet, which incredibly had risen from 5% just two years ago.
Whatever happened to just playing outside with friends making dens, playing hide and seek etc till meal time? I’m not saying that kids shouldn’t use technology, but it’s the fact that there’s way too much influence and pressure for them to own the latest gadget and therefore, don’t want to do things that kids should be.
What The Experts Say
Experts within the IT industry hold the opinion of these findings being good as children between 7 and 13 are now able to have access to increasing amounts of information and be able to tap into their ‘entrepreneur’ skills. Is this a good thing though? Should children have access to information that can be disturbing for them to read about? On the other hand could information that is accessed by children online be censored better, not only by parents but by authorities to make internet browsing safer for children?
How does a survey manage to illustrate these results? They simply can’t, unless they carry out extensive research on the kids themselves and I highly doubt this.
The ‘experts’ may think that this is the case, however, they can’t say for certain that kids using technology gadgets from an early age will give the kids that use them, more chance of owning their own business or being more creative etc. Nobody knows yet, but I don’t think it’s very healthy for kids, especially aged 12 and under, to own technology gadgets.
Children Browsing Online
Most websites are fine for everyone to go on, despite age, however, sometimes even the innocent sites, such as Facebook can have un-precedential consequences for anybody, not just young children; though children are much more vulnerable. There have been cases where people on Facebook have caused much hurt and pain to families and individuals; Facebook is an easy way for sexual predators for example to prey on vulnerable groups of people, children being one of them.
Time will certainly tell whether or not this is a good thing or not, but personally, I find this quite disturbing as I think kids should be kids and not living most of their lives using technology – this may take their innocent minds and ways away much sooner and that’s a sorry state of affairs. So parents, buy traditional gifts for kids!
Lisa has worked in the gifts for kids industry for many years and is an expert when it comes to the subject.
Curtains for 2008 are coming down in few days from now and if you see the developments the years witnessed, for instance the latest technology gadgets of 2008, it had been all complex devices that could perform intensive and incredible tasks. These latest gadgets 2008 are indeed with simple designs and several of them even user friendly, iPhone is one for sure. Most of the so-called latest technology gadgets are uni device multiple task performers. In fact the advent of nanotechnology enabled to device smaller gadgets that perform several functions while being nano in size. So said, it should be admitted that most of the latest electronic gadgets are designed for comfort, safety and weekend entertainment area.
Iphone has revolutionized the communication and in fact changed its face and the latest technology gadgets of 2008 has given us the Apple 3G which is the world’s first multi-touch screen gizmondo. Other high-end gadgets include the tablet PCs, electronic medical equipment, Bluetooth calls, mobile entertainment devices, voice commands and visual/audible traffic rerouting as well as complex car systems with GPRSs.
And did I mention about the accelerometer sensor used in the iPhone technology and other high-end handsets? The technology enables a phone to rotate its image automatically when it is turned sideways. Another technological advancement is the ambient light sensor that detects changes in the light conditions and adjusts the display brightness automatically and the proximity sensor senses things that are larger than fingers when they come close and turns off the display in order to save power and accidental key presses.
In the healthcare industry, one of the major developers of latest gadgets in technology in 2008 had been Philips. Cliniscape is used to keep updates of each patient’s health condition by providing uses information of blood containers, medication and others. It is from the Philips and is used as a mobile point of care device in order to access medical applications such as iSite PACS medical image, clinical information Portfolio and information management system.
And the latest computer gadgets in the field of education is the XO laptop which can be used at anytime and any place. Another innovation is the TI graphing calculators that can be used to solve complex math-related calculations. These calculators have large 3.5-inch display and more familiar mouse-like controls and spreadsheet capabilities, etc. The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest laptop is another innovative product and a run away hit during 2008. The laptop is again by the iPhone manufacturers, Apple. The latest auto gadgets include car GPS, Bluetooth car starter, ozone air purifier, Driv-e-mocion and LED rims, etc.
Let me tell you about some of the hottest new technology gadgets out there right now. First which seems promising is the Automatic Make up camera by Casio, the Smart Pen, and Computer Cool School by Fisher Price, The Swanky Theater, and the Glowing Gloves. I will tell you about the product, the great features, and if available when it comes out and how much.
So first we have the automatic Make up Camera, the Exilim Zoom Z300, which is 10.1 Megapixels and the Z250 which is 9.1 megapixels made by Casio. It has a built in Photoshop, for the makeup savvy women. The makeup setting goes from 0 through 12, and you can add as little or as much make up as you need. You will be able to cover wrinkles, frown lines, even out your skin tone. It was released, Aug 29 at a price of $249.84.
Next we have, the Smart Pen. If you are like me and you write a lot and then forget what you wrote down and cannot find the paper, this is the pen for you! It writes with ink, and just like a regular pen. It records audio and links it to what your writing, and plays audio back when tapped on paper. You can also put the notes onto your laptop or desktop computer, you can even leave your laptop at home and if you have the special dot paper (about $5 for a whole notebook) you can easily transfer all your notes onto the paper from your pen. The pen costs $149 for 1GB and $199 for 2GB.
One of the neatest hot new technology gadget, is the Computer Cool School, by fisher price. It’s a keyboard that you hook up to your own computer and it teaches reading, writing, science, art and music. It is password protected so your little one doesn’t print 500 copies of anything. It always keeps them from getting to the main hard drive on the computer as well as the internet. It came out in July and it costs $59.99.
Another hot new technology gadget is, The Swanky Theater. It’s like a drive in wherever you place it. You can get a nine, ten or twelve foot inflatable screen, and it’s so compact it folds down to duffel bag size! It is great for party throwers who want to be the talk of the town. At $ 1,499 it comes with the screen, projector, DVD player, sound mixer, and more. If you want just the screen its $399. But by far worth the price!
The last of the hot new technology gadgets is, The glowing glove. Innovative technology has led to having a flashlight at your fingertip, literally. It’s a fiber optic glove made by Tilen Sepic of Slovenia. It can produce diffused and spot lighting. And if the power goes out it will most defiantly come in handy! Doesn’t state how much or when it will be out.
Technological gadgets are designed to offer lots of convenience in life. Mobile phones including smartphones for instance, not only make it easier for people to stay in touch through communication, but they can also perform other computer functionalities. This means that it is possible for users to undertake other duties on the go and without having to carry along their laptops to make it possible. Laptops, on the other hand still offer a degree of convenience over desktop computers. Their portability and feature to be used in any given place and time gives them an edge over desktop computers.
In the modern world, most people have more than one device all in the name of making life more enjoyable. The devices come with accessories such as Bluetooth speakers. The speakers make it possible for the user to enjoy great music output at home or on the go. They are some of the most popular technological gadgets and they offer easy operation be it an iPhone, iPad or other mobile phones. They can also be used for home entertainment, car music and in other outdoor settings to match the needs of the individual user. The ease of use, wireless nature and the listening convenience they offer are some of the high points making the speakers a must-have.
Another must-have gadget is the power bank. Considering how many devices one person can simultaneously, powering is definitely necessary especially on the go. The power bank is a power storage unit that makes it possible for users to charge their devices when they are in places they cannot plug them in for charging. These banks are quite powerful and can charge a number of devices at the same time. They come with basic connectors to make it all possible to do. They simply supply you with power when you need it the most and save you the need to carry different chargers to accommodate the number of important gadgets you wish to carry with you. The credit card power bank is a popular choice since it is well-shaped making it very easy to carry along to serve all your power needs.
Buying the Best
When looking for technological devices that you find most helpful and beneficial to your life, it is important to start with a comparison. Comparing between the different brands and models makes sure that you eventually buy a gadget that you can rely on in serving the needs it is intended for. The fact is that some will be stronger and better than others and it is important to make an informed decision.
Apart from the brand and model, it is also important to check on the affordability of the gadget you are buying in relation to the value it is going to add to your life. It is most advisable to buy a gadget only when you feel it is absolutely necessary in making your life better and more convenient.