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I fell into IT. Seriously, I was studying Mechanical Design until my course was abbreviated, removing any accreditation for any additional higher learning that I wanted to pursue. However, I topped both of my CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) classes and so I thought that maybe I should switch to Computer Sciences… and the rest is history.
However, these days, information technology pervades all aspects of our lives! As a father of two young children, I find myself wondering how much should I guide my children towards technology studies without having them glued to a computer screen 24/7? (which would get me killed by their mother!)
I have recently come across the following article which is about why you should be introducing your children to coding from an early age. Just having them learn the concepts of logic and problem solving can help a child understand how to tackle even non-IT problems with a structured approach, hopefully saving them a lot of frustration and angst.
One other point made in the article is this: There is very little innovation in the education sector with regards to schools today and what they are teaching our kids. They are teaching the same things that they have taught over the last 50 years, but only in different ways. As a parent, you need to look outside of the education square and find other ways to supplement your children’s learning… not only improve the quality of their education but to also feed the natural curiosity that we all start life with, but what a lot of us seem to lose somewhere along the way.
The actual live demo of the Famo.us Periodic Table can be accessed here.
Being a member of the Sony X Team definitely has its perks. One of which was an invitation to tonight’s preview of the new KD84X9000, which is Sony’s new 84″4K LCD TV.
So, my first response to hearing that there was such a thing as an 84″ TV was, “Why?” I am a proud owner of a KDL-46NX810 Sony Bravia LED TV which was an out of this world Christmas gift from my amazing wife, a couple of years ago. At the time, this TV was top of the range, and did everything short of cooking you dinner and giving you a foot rub. It was (still is) a pretty big TV, with a great picture, whilst not becoming the most dominant thing in the living room.
However, after watching tonight’s demo of the KD84X9000, I have to say that I am pretty darn impressed.
I spent most of the demo crouched (there were no seats and crouching provided a better viewing angle) less than 2 metres away. We were actually encouraged to move closer to the screen… and for good reason too. The picture was incredibly sharp, even that close to the screen, with the colours being very vibrant. All of the demo footage was at 4K resolution, which utilised the 3,840 x 2,160 resolution beautifully. Complex imagery was displayed in such detail that you felt like you were missing things towards the the edge of the screen for being so close to it. This TV gives you the impression of closest thing to having an HD iMax screen in your living room.
To give you an idea of the scale of this TV, I was able to capture one of the images from the demo itself:
The TV will upscale Blu-ray HD video, which should display nicely but nowhere utilises the screens full potential. Even though we didn’t see it, I shudder to think what a Standard Definition channel would look like on this behemoth…
Sound was delivered via two stereo side speakers (which come included with the TV) that provide pretty impressive sound quality. It is a leap forward from the the rear-of-unit speakers that most Bravia TVs sport (which provide a very weak stereo experience).
The TV is 3D capable, but no demonstration was available tonight due to a lack of appropriate demoware. However, the TV will support the upcoming Sony Playstation 4, with it’s ability to display the next generation of console games running at 4K resolution.
So, at the current price of $24,999.00, this beautiful piece of technology may be a little outside of most people’s price limit (or in my case, it is in a completely different galaxy to my price limit!), however it is state of the art hardware which will only be retailed by Sony themselves.
My wife now knows what I want for next Christmas… 😛