Guest Post: Exciting Wearable Technology for Kids

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We know how gadgets have always been a dilemma for parents because it’s difficult to strike the right balance between the benefits and risks. With kids growing up in increasingly digital environments, however, the solution is never to give up on technology but rather continue to find the best ones out there for them. If you’re a mom who loves going out with your child to play you’ll be excited to discover new wearable gadgets or “wearables” that you can now find on the consumer market.

Wearables have been around for a while, and some have been developed with kids in mind. It’s certainly possible to find wearables that help moms keep track of their kids, which free them up from worrying a little too much. There are also wearables which focus on kids’ fitness, which is like much of what adults use this technology for.

In these examples, utility trumps fun. But children want it the other way around, according to this article on Forbes, and for good reason. Surrounded by technology from infancy, they adapt sooner to technology and are introduced to the world of gadgets. They are, after all, the generation that will continue to live more intimately with it and shape it in the years to come.

It used to be that the line between indoors and outdoors marked the same between gadgets and physical play. In a blog post by Tootsa they point out the need for playgrounds to step up, in order to keep up with the excitement that video games, iPad apps, the internet, and TV present to children. In this situation, exciting wearable tech for kids is good news.

Wearables that encourage movement

At first glance, the Mover Kit from the company Technology Will Save Us, looks like a retro toy from the 90s. It’s fitted with colorful lights and responds to the child’s movement, encouraging them to be more active.

Beyond this, however, the Mover Kit lets kids make their own rules. In a fun way, it introduces them to programming and basic lessons about electronics and complex problem-solving skills.

Wearables for learning

Toys that kids can chat to are surprisingly common nowadays. The GreenDino, a small plastic toy dinosaur featured in this list by Wareable, takes this leap further. Powered by IBM’s Watson supercomputer, this particular wearable is fitted with AI. This AI can teach kids at an early age to count and spell. It can even make them laugh with its knock-knock jokes.

A wearable that takes them places, while they’re there with you!

Speedy innovations are taking place in the field of Virtual Reality, enabling children to explore worlds different from their own. Google’s VR viewer called the Cardboard is targeted at children according to CNet.

Soon, a kit called “Expeditions” will be available in schools. It includes pairs of foldable goggles and other techy stuff. Expeditions lets teachers bring their class to different places in full panoramic 3D.  This cheap introduction to VR is expected to encourage even more exciting innovations in wearable tech for kids.

 

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Guest Post: The Last Titan

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The strength of the Vanguard had seriously been reduced. The loss of Titans was a massive strike against the Guardians and one no one saw coming. Fallen, Hive, Cabal, all of the Guardian’s enemies joined together and struck. They hunted down Titans exclusively as the Titans were the ones who were biggest thorn in their sides. Without them, the Vanguard would lose their Shield. This makeshift alliance worked. They killed all but one Titan, an Exo, a very unique Exo. During the SIVA Crisis this Exo had decided to enhance himself in every way using SIVA, despite all the entire Vanguard’s and Lord Saladin’s disapproval. Not to mention the disapproval of his Ghost. Despite what everyone said he left on a solo expedition hunting for other sites where SIVA had been developed.

He eventually turned to Rasputin and to everyone’s disbelief gained the Warminds’ favor and was lead to a production site of SIVA. One contained and kept secret from everyone with the exception of the Exo. The Exo underwent serious upgrades and overhauls. Unlike the SIVA the Fallen had used, this Strand of SIVA was easily controlled and was easy to easy to infuse into the Exo’s systems. He had been gone for years so the Vanguard believed him to have been lost and in essence forgot him, only to have him come back years later, after the Titans had been wiped out. And shortly after they had been wiped out Ghosts could no longer find suitable Titan Guardians to resurrect so Titans as a whole came to an end. This included Zavala, Shaxx, and Saladin, the last three Titans to fall. This story takes place after they had fallen, when that Exo returned to the city to find it in shambles and the Vanguard scattered. This is the story of The Last Titan.

 

It had been eight years since the Exo had entered the SIVA bunker Rasputin had lead him to. He had absolutely no contact with the world outside the bunker, which worried him but he had to constantly push that aside and focus on his upgrades and enhancements. His body had to be completely rebuilt and to do that Rasputin needed the original Exo blueprints. He had to travel to several Golden Age facilities until he finally found intact records of Exo blueprints on Europa. With these Rasputin was able to alter the blueprints, building an upgraded body from the ground up. Only then did Rasputin begin to infuse the new body with SIVA, keeping it dormant until they were ready to implant the Exo’s AI chip into the body, which would then be subjected to the intrusive programs of SIVA.

It would be up to the Exo to remain in control of his new body. This process itself took around three years. The Exo’s Ghost lay dormant, not dead, but asleep next to the body of its Guardian. A loud alarm rang throughout the room waking the Ghost, causing it to believe there was danger but to its surprise the Exo had awoken. Both Rasputin and the Ghost waited in silence as the Exo sat up and looked around waiting to see if it was the Guardian or the SIVA.

 

“Ghost how long was I out?” The Ghost let out what could have been taken as a sigh of relief. “Three years Azerik. It’s good to see you up again. How are you feeling?” The Ghost had to wait for a response as Azerik slid off the metal table he had been resting on for the last three years. The Ghost watched the Exo walk about the room. “I feel the same as I did when I first entered this bunker, but at the same time I feel new, like I was just assembled and activated for the first time. I can tell the difference between this body and my original but it doesn’t actually feel different but I know it is. I know I’m not making sense but I don’t know how else to explain it.” Loud Russian blared through the room. “Yes, my answer is the same as when first asked. This isn’t something I’ll regret. This is something that I feel I needed to do.” Again the room was filled with Russian as Rasputin replied and relayed the events of the past eight years, which came as a shock to the Exo. He couldn’t believe that in the time he had been gone every single Titan had been wiped from existence. But hearing this only furthered his drive.

He quickly adorned his armor which Rasputin had obviously upgraded, and with his new SIVA enhanced body Azerik left the bunker to make his way back to the city. “The City is sure to still be standing. There’s no way the Vanguard would have let the City fall.” He told himself as he flew across the land on his sparrow, catching the attention of some Fallen as he went, but he didn’t stop. He kept going, losing them with ease. Within an hour Azerik made it to the wall and to his dismay a majority of the wall was gone completely with no signs of any Guardians.

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Guest Post: Ultimate Garbage Disposal Guide

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Ultimate Garbage Disposal Guide

When not well managed, trash can be a nuisance. Unfortunately, there are still many people who do not know the best way to handle different items that go into their trash can. Such waste ends up in landfills and is seriously harming the environment. The good news is that one can actually alleviate the problem by practicing proper garbage management and disposal.

One way of effectively managing waste is through recycling. This is basically the process of using old, used items to make new ones. This has a lot of benefits which help make the environment better as explained below.

Benefits of recycling

  1. Conservation of raw materials

Irrespective of the scale of recycling, the net impact is that less raw materials end up being used to make the finished product. For instance, when old papers are reused to make other products, it reduces the demand for raw materials such as timber and bamboo. This means that the environment is conserved and more trees are saved.

2.Promotion of a cleaner environment

With a lot of landfills designated for waste disposal, huge quantities of Chlorofluorocarbons are released to the atmosphere from these sites. Apart from making the surrounding air toxic and full of bad odor, these gasses cause depletion of the ozone layer leading to global warming. Recycling this waste helps in elimination of these dumping sites thus creating a cleaner environment.

3. Creation of job opportunities

Although large-scale recycling plants are costly to setup, once in operation, they create opportunities for employment.   This empowers the locals and improves their living standards. With more jobs, people can afford decent housing and education for their children. Crime rates also go down and the locals enjoy peace.

4. Reduces pollution

When trash is strewn all over, a lot of pollution and consequent degradation of soil occurs. The ground water is neither spared especially where chemical waste is involved. Non-biodegradable substances such as glass, plastics, and polythene bags pose a serious pollution problem. If waste is recycled, more land is freed from toxins and ecosystems can thrive.

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  1. Support Local authority recycling efforts

You can do this by sorting your domestic waste appropriately. Have a special can where you put all recyclable materials like glass, tins and plastics. Arrange for regular collection by a recycling company. Sorting trash at your home is very important as it makes it easy for the recycling company to handle the waste effectively.

  1. Domestic waste composting

As you sort your trash, have another can for putting food waste. These include leftovers, vegetable peels and cuttings, tea bags and fruit remains. Make a composite pit in your backyard and regularly put the food remains there. In a short period, they will decompose and form rich manure suitable for gardening. You can use the soil to grow your own vegetables or share with your neighbors.

  1. Recycle your food

Handle food responsibly and minimize wastage. Do not cook more than you can eat. If you do, use the leftovers to make other meals. For instance, if you have some beef leftovers from your dinner, you can make a sandwich with it for breakfast. Search for ideas and recipes to turn your leftovers into sumptuous meals.

  1. Do not throw your grass cuttings

When mowing your lawn, leave the cuttings on the ground to decompose. This is one way of retaining the soil fertility. Instead of always relying on commercial fertilizers that harm the soil in the long run, consider recycling the sod cuttings to enrich the soil. Actually, this will see you spend less on enriching soil and save money.

  1. Use waste for crafts

There are many beautiful handmade crafts that come out of recycled materials. They range from toys to household items. If you cannot make the items yourself, you can donate the materials to people or organizations that do so. In the end, you will have lesser waste to dispose of.

  1. Buy recycled products

In the effort of making recycling sustainable, there needs to be a vibrant market for the end products. Have in mind that there are quality products in the market made from used materials. You can get nice wallets, seats, paper napkins, handbags, and iPad covers, among others, made of recycled waste. When you go shopping, always check whether there is a recycled version of the product you are looking for.

It is evident that recycling helps save the world and make it a better place to live in. It does not need to be complicated. Your simple, conscious acts can go a long way in making a big difference in your locality.

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