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How Are Smartphones Affecting Teenagers?

How Are Smartphones Affecting Teenagers?

Smartphones: The Extensive Usage of Technology

In the present scenario if you look around one would always find individuals glued to their Smartphone devices especially the younger generation.  One would observe that more than 1.8 billion individuals tend to be in possession of  smartphones and tend to utilise it on a daily basis. According to some research it is assessed that an typical individual tends to check his Smartphone screen around 150 times a day.  The extensive usage of technology is among the teenagers of our community.

As per the data from Britain it had indicated that around 70% in the age group of eleven to twelve tend to utilise Smartphones which seems to close to 90% by the age of 14.  It had been reported in a recent journal that around 56% of the kids in the age group of 10 to 13 are in possession of  smartphones.

Though it may seem shocking, it is estimated that about 25% of the kids in the age of two and five tend to have  smartphones.  Smartphones and tablets have now taken the place of basketballs and baby dolls on the wish list of a child. At elementary school level, kids have now been asking or demanding for this sort of Smartphones devices before venturing much into the education world.

Learning – Mental Process – Adjusts Conceptions – Biology/Experiences

All this had led to queries on how mobile technology particularly with regards to smartphones could be affecting the brain development of children. This subject of discussion had created plenty of debate among parents, researchers and educators.

Smartphones unfortunately are comparatively new and plenty of the evidence collected is uncertain or unreliable. This would mean that it is essential for parents to contemplate the possible effects that smartphones could have on the psychology and the development, during childhood.

Plenty of study has been done in comprehending how children tend to learn and there are several theories being rolled out.  However Jean Piaget could be the most respected person in the field of education.

His reasoning development theory tends to explain how learning could be a mental process which adjusts the conceptions based on biology and experiences. He reasoned that kids tend to learn the same way and their brains grow and operate in the same patterns moving through four general stages of growth.

Various Types of Techniques employed in Smartphones– Stream of Learning

Mentors have been implementing various types of techniques as well as methods in their stream of learning which is built on the principles of Piaget.  It is essential for kids to experience the world around them in order to accommodate fresh ideas on what they seem to know and discover.

Face to face interaction in the case of children seems to be the most important way of gaining knowledge and learning.  Dr Jenny Radesky of Boston Medical Centre had been concerned when she observed the lack of communication between the parents and children. Her observation is that the smartphones together with handheld devices have been creating hindrances to relationship and parental care.

She also stated further that the children tend to learn language, learn about their own emotions, and how to regulate them.  Moreover they also learn by observing the adults how to engage in a conversation, how to read the facial expressions of people.  If these incidents are not taking place, children are prone to miss out on important elements in the development milestones.

Radio Frequencies Emanated from Smartphones– Damage Developing Brain

Doctors as well as educators have been concerned on the over exposure of touch-screen technology which tends to affect the developing mind.  Screen time tends to reduce the capability of learning and exploring physically the world which can be done through interactions and play that has been reduced with the possession of the smartphones.

The main concern is radiation from cell-phones and how the smartphones could impact the brain.  But the theory of radiation has not yet been confirmed and several of the professionals have claimed that the cell-phone do not tend to expose us to adequate radiation which could be harmful which could give some relief to parents.

However it seems that the radio frequencies emanated from smartphones could essentially cause damage to a developing brain. In the case of a teen, the temporal as well as the frontal lobes of the brain are in the developing process and are the nearest to the ear area where the teens are inclined to hold their device.

Research had indicated that both the temporal and frontal are developing actively during the adolescence and are said to be involved in phases of progressive cognitive functioning. Researchers are considering how smartphones together with the Internet could impede or augment the brain function, besides exposing the developing brains to radio waves or dangerous radiation.

Smartphones Screen Time – Circuits in Brain Neglected

The head of UCLA’ memory and aging research centre, Dr Gary Small had implemented an experiment which had displayed how the brains of people changed in response to Internet use.  He utilised two groups, those comprising of plenty of computer savvy and the other with minimal technology experience.

Through brain scans, he observed that the two teams seemed to have identical brain functions while reading the text from a book but the tech team displayed `broad brain activity in the left-front area of the brain which is known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

The learners on the other hand portrayed little, if any, activity in this part. With the invasion of technology and screen time, the brains have been revamped and it seems that with the increased screen time, the circuits in the brain that tends to control more traditional methods of learning, has been neglected.

These are naturally utilised for reading, writing and concentration. The communication skills have been affected to a great extent due to smartphones and the Internet together with the emotional development of individuals.  They tend to risk and weaken the skills of the individual if they are inclined to depend on electronics in communicating.

Dr Small has recommended that kids could become isolated from the feelings of others. Health officials are unable to decide on the effect that smartphones and the other identical devices may have on the developing brains.  Research tends to contradict each other with new benefits to technology are being revealed frequently.

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Meet Method-2, the Korean MegaBot Straight out of Sci-Fi

Meet Method-2, the Korean MegaBot Straight out of Sci-Fi

Method-2 – Enormous Robot 

The founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos was said to be piloting the enormous robot prototype at the MARS conference of the company in Palm Springs and Method-2 seemed to be an appropriate symbol for the event.

MAR tends to stand for Machine-learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration. Placed at four metres tall, the cockpit of Method-2, retained in its torso is said to accommodate only one person.  The hands of the pilot are connected to two mechanical levers which incline to transfer movement to its big aluminium hands.

Contrasting to the character Ripley of Weaver who takes on a Xenomorph in Aliens, Bezos does not seem to be intend on destruction.  What seems to appear as a billionaire’s party prank became the outcome of a research project that had started in 2014 when Vitaly Bulgarov, an industrial designer, received mysterious inquiry.

Bulgarov had worked for the film and games industries for the earlier 12 years and had created designs and characters for Robocop, Transformers and World of Warcraft.  However this task seemed to be different.

The CEO of the South Korean firm Hankook Mirae Technology, Jin-Ho Yang, had got in touch with Bulgarov with a request.  He wanted to create something which would be possible in films and comics and the result is up and running, three years later.

Method-2  First Manned Bipedal Robot

Method-2 taken by Bezos on a wild test run was not just a robot. Its designer had informed that the first manned bipedal robot has the potential of moving 1.5 tonnes while synchronously translating the movements of its pilot. If the passenger tends to lift up an arm, Method-2 is also said to lift an air and the only difference is that the latter’s arm seems to weight 148 kg.

It has fingers which are around 30 centimetres long.  When Method-2 seems to appear in public, it creates a mixture of eagerness, amusement and scepticism. Regardless of the robot’s advanced engineering that Hankook Mirae Technology had designed internally and Method-2 is said to walk like a drunken Goliath.

The robot hence stays suspended from two steel cables just like a toddler held back in the safety reins of its parent while learning to walk. This however is likely to change and the company intends to install a new high-performance battery which will enable Method-2 to walk around for up to three hours at a stretch.

Usage of Method-2 In Hazardous Environments

Unfortunately, it would not improve on its gait which seems to be a problem of weight distribution.  Method-2 will not be able to silence the feet which tend to make the ground shake as they hit the floor. As for Jin-Ho, there seems to be no more beautiful sound.  As a boy, he had dreamt of constructing robots.

He has invested about SKW242 billion (166m) in his company that had set up precisely to improve Method-2.  Towards the end of 2017 he expects to start selling the robot to consumers for usage in hazardous environments like nuclear ruins of Fukushima.

His engineers have already started working on radiation protection.  Jin-Ho had stated that individual components established in the creation of Method-2 can also be on their own; with industrial application.

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Orihime: Creating Robot to Combat Loneliness

Orihime: Creating Robot to Combat Loneliness

Orihime Robot to Combat Loneliness

Kentaro Yoshifuji a serial inventor as well as developer of Orihime robot had designed it to support the loneliness he had experienced as a child. A report from Tribune News Services states that over six million elderly people tend to live alone and by 2030 one project had stated that almost 40% of the Japanese people will be living by themselves.  For several people in Japan, loneliness seems to be a regular reality.  However solution is on the way in the form of a new robot.     Yoshifuji has mentioned that from elementary school to middle school for a period of three and a half years owing to stress and illness, he had been at home and for major part could not attend school at all.

 

He had been mentally as well as physically weak from over-stress and could not bear to meet anyone.  He lagged behind in studies and suffered from feeling of inferiority.  He began distrusting people and was distressed by acute loneliness.

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When and How to Take Screenshots on Your Phone

When and How to Take Screenshots on Your Phone

Screenshots once may have been a novelty feature on your phone, but the screenshot is now a vital operation that most people use daily. It is convenient, instant, and simple. It allows smartphone users to record, archive, and remember the most important things that come across their screen on a daily basis.

What is a Screenshot?

A screenshot is an image taken of your phone screen in real time. When you take a screenshot, an image file is created of whatever is on your screen at that moment and put into the photo folder. It is an easy way to instantly record what you’re seeing on your screen.

But why are screenshots so important and why do we need them? First of all, screenshots are very easy to take and share. Taking a screenshot is kind of like jotting down a quick note. Maybe you want to remember to research something later. Maybe you want to screenshot something that you saw on social media. There are many ways that smartphone users can take advantage of screenshots.

Share Viral Content With Friends

Often, we see things on social media and the internet that we want to immediately share with our closest friends. Whether it is a funny meme, an important piece of news, or an upcoming event, taking a screenshot is the easiest way to take note of and share content. Unfortunately, sending the link or tagging a friend on social media requires a few steps.

Taking and sending a screenshot is basically two steps. When it comes to sharing with your closest friends, especially those already in your Favorites list, sending the screenshot via text is the quickest way to do this. Most smartphones have basic, easy-to-use screenshot capabilities.

This is something that you should definitely research when shopping for a new phone. Check with your service provider and look for a phone like T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, which has several intuitive ways to take and share screenshots.

Save a Funny or Important Text Conversation

We’ve all been in memorable text conversations. Whether they are hysterical or heartbreaking, they often need to be shared. There are famous Instagram accounts based entirely on screenshots of text conversations. It is much easier to take a screenshot and have the image in your photo folder than it is to scroll through an old text conversation to find the important or funny part.

Many people also take screenshots of social media posts. But, you have to be careful! Snapchat will notify the creator whenever somebody takes a screenshot of a post. This also is something that you might want to consider when posting controversial stuff on any social media platform. Anybody can screenshot your posts and create a permanent record of it. So, even if you post something, regret it, and immediately take it down, it might already be too late.

How to Take Screenshots

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Image via Flickr by Andri Koolme

There are many easy ways to take a screenshot with a smartphone. The most common method is to click the “Volume Down” and “Power” buttons at the same time. This can be done on Apple and Android phones. You do not need to hold them down, just a quick click will do. This is the best method if both hands are on the phone.

You can also take a quick screenshot with the palm swipe method on your Android device. For this, you only need one hand, but you do need to turn on the feature in your settings. To do a palm swipe shot you just hold your hand (fingers extended and palm flat) next to the side of your phone and swipe up or down the entire side of the screen. This works best when your phone is laying on a flat surface.

The scroll grab screenshot is the best way to create images that are bigger than the screen. For instance, you could capture all the important info in a news article that cannot be seen at once on the screen. This is also a feature that you need to enable in your phone settings.

Once you know when and how to take screenshots on your phone it is easy to see why users are increasingly attracted to phones that have intuitive screenshot capabilities.

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PipeGuard Robot: Finding Leaks and Fix

PipeGuard Robot: Finding Leaks and Fix

Fixing leaks becomes easier, simpler and swifter with PipeGuard

If you have a problem with your water supply then the best option is to call up a plumber and get it fixed. Just assume if a robot does the same for you then it would like living in a science fiction. One of the world’s most pressing needs is to bring access to the clean and safe water. In order to do so researchers has developed a PipeGuard robot, which can do many things to get rid of the leaks in shortest turnaround time.

It has been found in various studies the modern water distribution system on an average loses as much as 20 per cent of its supply due to leaks. Leaks are dangerous as it causes serious damage to the structures such as building as well as roads. Detecting leaking is another major challenge which happens to be quite expensive and time consuming affair this is where this robot comes in.

PipeGuard Leak detection system developed by MIT

Researchers at MIT has come up with new system which happens to be extremely fast and relatively inexpensive solution which can effectively detect and find even the tiniest of leaks with pinpoint precision. It can work on any kind of pipes regardless of its make and model. This new system is being commonly seen as a ‘PipeGuard’ but researchers has devoted as much as nine years to develop, test and perfect this system under the leadership of a mechanical engineering professor named Kamal Youcef-Toumi. At the upcoming IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in the month of September this team is going to showcase its findings in detail.

How this new system works?

In this new PipeGuard system researcher makes use of a small yet impressive robot made up of rubbery substance which appears to be oversized badminton birdie. This this PipeGuard robotic device is inserted into the water system using the pathway of fire hydrant and it keeps moving as per the flow and continues logging its position throughout the route. It detects leak acts as a PipeGuard through detecting the variation whether small or large made in the pressure at any point of its journey. This data generated through its sensing the pull right at the edges of the rubber skirt and this rubber skirt tends to fill diameter of the pipe which ensures that no space is missed in any case.

Later on this device is collected at another hydrant insertion point and the data collected during its journey is uploaded to the computer for further study. This robotic PipeGuard device doesn’t only rely on the passive movement of the water to travel through the pipe but it also has system in the active version wherein the team can control its motion as per their need. This officially titles as ‘PipeGuard’ and it will be rolled out for commercial usage in such countries which losses huge amount of revenue due to leaks.

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