Teach your children about stranger danger

We’ve all heard the warnings growing up. In fact, we still teach our children the same things from young: don’t talk to strangers, don’t follow them anywhere. But how effective is this exactly? According to an experiment done by ITV’s Daybreak, these warnings may not be enough. 7 out of 9 children in the experiment forgot all they had been taught about stranger danger when they were approached by a stranger who asked for help with his lost dog. The longest time taken for the man to persuade a child to leave with him was a mere three minutes. The shortest he took was 33 seconds. Less than a minute. That’s the time it takes for a careless parent to just look away. This experiment highlights an important lesson for parents: protecting your children from stranger danger goes beyond verbal cautions.

So what can parents do to protect their children? Here are some tips!

1. Teach them who ‘trusted adults’ are.

Don’t just put all unfamiliar adults under the blanket term ‘strangers’ but instead teach your children who they can turn to when in trouble, such as policemen or retail staff in malls. This can be crucial in moments of need when family members are not around or when your child gets lost.

2. Learn your child’s daily routine.

Very often, parents make the mistake of completely not monitoring their children as giving them space to grow and gain independence. While the latter is infinitely important, parents still need to pay attention to their children’s whereabouts and daily routine. Let your children make their own way home but make sure you know what route they are taking and how long the route takes.

Oaxis’ MyFirst Fone is a godsend in helping parents keep an eye on their children while allowing them to take their first steps towards independence. It has a geofencing function which allows parents to preset a safe zone and sends an alert when your child crosses the boundary. Furthermore, you can also receive real-time updates on their location through MyFirst Fone’s precise GPS tracking!

MyFirst Fone provides real-time GPS tracking up to 20m accuracy!

 

3. Teach them to be aware of their surroundings

Children need to be taught a sense of awareness and to trust their instincts. If they feel like something is wrong, they need to respond immediately. MyFirst Fone lets children send out distress signals to their parents with a simple tap. Once the one-touch SOS is activated, parents will receive an emergency location notification and 30-second live recording of the surrounding sounds. The fast response can mean the world. After all, it only takes 33 seconds for a stranger to lure your child away.

Ereader or tablet: Which one should you get?

E-reader vs Tablet - pros and cons

Ereader VS tablet – the dilemma every e-book reader faces. To the layman, perhaps there is little difference not only in appearance but also in function. Yet there are several important distinctions between the two that may just make a world of difference.

Display

Ereader and iPad held together to show the difference in screen glare under bright conditions.
The iPad has significant screen glare as compared to an Ereader in sunlight.

E-readers use E Ink which only allows for a black and white display and is unable to play any video. Moreover since e-readers’ screens are not backlit, they are relatively harder to use in darker conditions.

That being said, the newer E Ink readers like the Kindle Paperwhite now come with an integrated light which shines onto the front of the screen, making it easy to use in the dark. The screen also won’t be as bright as an LCD screen, allowing users to use it before bedtime without waking someone sleeping next to them. So go ahead and tuck yourself in for some comfy bedtime reading!

Tablets, on the other hand, have full colour display and are able to play video. The display is also backlit, giving tablets an edge over e-readers in terms of nighttime reading. When it comes to daytime though, the e-reader wins hands down with its matte screen giving off no glare at all and appearing as clear as an actual printed page whereas the tablet’s screen tends to be glossy, especially iPads, making it difficult to read under the sun even after adjusting the screen brightness to maximum.

In terms of eyestrain, the e-reader once again takes the prize due to the lack of glare and backlight, making the E Ink screen a lot easier on the eyes than the LCD screen which is relatively harsher especially because of blue light emission.

Power Consumption

Picture of the front and back of Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite

We’ve all had our fair shares of days where your phone dies on you on your long commute home and you’re stuck staring out of the window. Mobile devices are notorious for their battery-sapping LCD screens. One of the major draws for e-readers is the low power consumption of E Ink screens. An e-reader can go for weeks and even months without recharging whereas a tablet has to be charged once every few days at the very least. The Kindle Paperwhite, for instance, apparently has up to 8-week battery life while the iPad mini with Retina display is advertised as having a maximum 10 hours of battery life. The high power consumption of the tablet is further exacerbated by the necessary increase in screen brightness to read under the sun.

Price

Price is probably one of the most important factors in your choice. The e-reader is significantly cheaper – $119 for a Kindle Paperwhite while a tablet generally costs more despite a wide price range – $400 for an iPad Mini with Retina Display to $229 for a Nexus 7. However we must keep in mind that the tablet has many other functions which justify the relatively steeper price.

Weight and Size

The average weight of a 6-inch e-reader is approximately 6 oz(170g) while a 7-inch tablet weighs about 13.5 oz(385g). While it may not seem like much on paper, keep in mind that you’ll be holding it for prolonged periods. A bigger screen may not be the best idea, especially if you plan on reading during your commute. In fact, there has been an increasing call for smaller ereaders in recent years and the market has started to respond accordingly with products such as the Kobo Mini and the Inkcase which allows users to transform their phones into e-readers, minimising the need for an additional reading device.

InkCase i7
The InkCase adds a secondary screen to your phone with no extra bulk.

Additional Features

The e-reader is notably lacking in terms of bells and whistles as it’s a single-purpose device designed specifically for reading. Some e-readers have 3G/WiFi and email capability but generally using e-readers for web browsing is tedious and slow. The user has to navigate with only the arrow keys and page rendering is comparatively much slower. This allows for a distraction-free reading experience as compared to using a tablet to read. The tablet, on the other hand, is essentially a larger smartphone and is much more versatile functionally. With 3G/WiFi capability, media playback, apps and much more, the tablet is definitely the choice for people looking for an all-in-one device.

Both the e-reader and the tablet have their pros and cons. Ultimately, it depends on what the user’s needs are and what they are looking for. If you’re looking for a device solely for reading, then the e-reader is definitely your answer! However, if you’d rather have a much more versatile device capable of Internet surfing, go for the tablet.

 

See also: LCD screens: Shedding light on the damage done

Samsung granted patent for E Ink display phone case

Samsung is definitely keeping busy nowadays especially with the investigation of the Galaxy S7 and the upcoming release of Galaxy S8. Now news of a patent application for an E Ink display case being granted to Samsung has us wondering what new handphone accessories they have up their sleeve.

The flip case described featured an E Ink display and is seemingly the latest in Samsung’s first-party line of smartphone cases. The E Ink screen differentiates the new phone case from its predecessors which feature cutout slots and transparent front panels. Previously users could view the phone screen partially and hence content displayed on the phone screen. The new E Ink case will be the first interactive phone case released by Samsung.

An image showing the dimensions of Samsung's newest flip phone case

The image released illustrates a standard cutout for a Flip Cover with a larger window housing the E Ink screen. No additional information is available regarding the content of said screen. The new phone case would most likely operate in a similar manner as the Oaxis Inkcase. Users will probably be able to view static content such as push notifications and images on a low-power monochrome screen.

Oaxis InkCase i7 displays your photos with minimal power consumption
Oaxis Inkcase allows users to display static images with minimal power consumption.

While a secondary E Ink screen may not exactly be a new idea, this may indicate more progress in integrating E Ink into the smartphone itself as the market has seen in recent years. The Yotaphone, for instance, already feature a second E Ink screen, allowing users to view widgets and notifications as well. Moreover, this is certainly positive news for advancements in E Ink technology and its potential.

Currently there has been no official release date. However, Samsung traditionally has released handphone accessories along with their new flagship phones. So keep your fingers crossed; perhaps we’ll see the E Ink Flip cover debut together with the Galaxy S8!

 

See also: Sony’s new E Ink Watch U better and thinner than ever

Personalised E Ink packaging for cosmetics coming soon!

E Ink and TEXEN has just announced their collaboration to bring a whole new level of personal to the world of cosmetics through personalised packaging.

“With the rise of beauty on a micro scale, our partnership with E Ink looks to enable our cosmetic customers to be the first to offer customizable digital packaging,” said Stéphane LESPRIT, TexenLab Innovation Manager at TEXEN. “With E Ink’s battery-free, thin, lightweight and durable technology, brands could enhance their packaging without having to alter the shape and design of their packaging, truly making this solution a first for the industry.”

Utilising the low power consumption and high contrast display of E Ink, TEXEN seeks to personalise packaging for makeup products. Through Near Field Communications (NFC), E Ink displays can be updated easily by a smartphone. The smartphone will also provide the power needed to change the display. The E Ink display requires no further power input after the display changes, negating the need for any power source.

With its high degree of visibility and flexibility, E Ink displays may be the revolutionary crux to revitalising the stagnant packaging market. Personalised messaging can be easily integrated into packaging with the customisable E Ink displays. Consumers can add their own personal touch by adding their names or writing messages to gift recipients.

The integration of E Ink displays and cosmetic packaging will also facilitate targeted advertising and social media campaigns. Consumers purchasing a specific makeup product can find out about other complementary products through the customised packaging. This will not only improve consumer experience but also add another dimension to advertising as well.

Consumers can also use sensor or diagnostic components in the E Ink display modules to create their own beauty formulation. Beauty treatments can be enabled accordingly based on skin conditions as affected by factors such as weather and air humidity.

“As products and packaging design continue to go digital, ePaper is increasingly emerging as the technology of choice,” said Hui Lee, senior director for business development at E Ink. “Our technology has brought innovation to industries once reluctant to change, such as the pharmaceutical market. We are looking forward to working with TEXEN to expand the realm of possibilities for the beauty packaging industry.”

E Ink has demonstrated its versatility with the growing range of products inspired by E Ink. The Inkcase for example makes use of the high contrast display and low power consumption of E Ink to allow users to convert their phones to e-readers by simply flipping the phone.

Oaxis InkCase displays your push notifications with minimal power consumption.
Inkcase also allows you to display your to-do list at the back of your phone.

The solution is currently available and E Ink and TEXEN are taking customer orders. For more information please visit E Ink.

 

See also: E Ink showcases world’s largest ePaper display

E Ink showcases world’s largest ePaper display

At CES 2017, QuirkLogic has partnered with E Ink to launch Quilla, the world’s largest connected eWriter. The 42” ePaper device seeks to remove the hassle of taking photos of whiteboards at the end of each meeting in the office.

Quilla is a 42" ePaper display launched by QuirkLogic and E Ink.
The 42″ collaborative ePaper whiteboard is best suited for corporate use.

By leveraging attributes of epaper such as its durability and light weight, Quilla offers an energy-saving alternative to giant touchscreen displays. It is able to run on battery only for 16 hours. Users don’t have to fear losing their work should Quilla run out of juice. A mobile device-based central library accessible via personal login automatically stores content.

Weighing approximately 22 pounds (10kg), Quilla sports a resolution of 2880 x 2160 and facilitates the free flow of ideas as users can simply start writing down ideas and also resume where they left off previously without setting up any equipment at all. Users are no longer limited to the conference room thanks to the easy on/off mounts and battery operation. Rather Quilla allows them to go wireless and make full use of the eWriter wherever they may prefer. Remote participants can also contribute through the centralised library and smart ‘inking’ ecosystem Quilla utilises.

Other than for brainstorming sessions and meetings, other uses of Quilla include personalising common areas and space for impromptu scribbles. Surface space can be expanded instantly by connecting multiple eWriters. It comes with an intuitive design with discoverable contextual menus, making it very user-friendly.

The display can operate in portrait or landscape mode and offers wide viewing angles. The ePaper display is also extremely power efficient because it does not use battery-draining backlit technology. While perhaps not as snazzy-looking as its high-def counterparts, Quilla’s high contrast panel is easy to read and an excellent choice for use under florescent lights with its significant lack of screen glare.

Other expected uses of Quilla include e paper signage as well. Quilla helps to better meet the needs of the digital signage market. This thereby furthers the progress of E Ink in replacing static displays fully. E Ink is perhaps best known for its usage in e-readers and products such as InkCase which allow users to read for prolonged periods on mobile devices with minimal eyestrain and low power consumption.

InkCase displays clearly even under direct sunlight.
InkCase allows you to read with ease even at the beach, thanks to the high contrast E Ink display.

Quilla will go into production within the first half of 2017. QuirkLogic is currently accepting applications for its early adopter program. However there is no official pricing set yet.

 

See also: LCD screens: Shedding light on the damage done

Sony’s new E Ink Watch U better and thinner than ever

One of the most stylish wearables at CES 2017 is undeniably the sleek new generation of Sony’s E Ink FES Watch. Demonstrating yet another creative use of e-paper, the watch features an E Ink watch face and strap originally only capable of monochrome designs. The new FES Watch U, however, is impressively paper-thin and waterproof.

It is also able to display a variety of colour as well, immediately distinguishing it from the wide range of E Ink products on the market now. At a touch of a button, the user is able to change the design of the watch to showcase their individuality.

The new Sony E Ink FES Watch U is able to display colour and is impressively paper-thin.
Source: Fashion Entertainments

With the capacity of storing up to 24 designs, the watch is definitely more than versatile in terms of style. By connecting it to your iPhone, more specialised patterns are available. However, syncing the watch with your smartphone is not necessary for it to function. The Watch U is relatively simplistic as compared to the other smartwatches on the market now. Keep in mind that the watch is not marketed as a smartwatch per se but a fashion piece instead though.

Furthermore, Sony has maximised one of the greatest strengths of E Ink – its low power consumption. The Watch U is able to run for 3 weeks before requiring a recharge. The lasting battery charge makes the product much more viable as a functional fashion accessory than your average smart-watch.

At the moment, however, Sony has no plans to release the Watch U outside of Japan. There is no guarantee of Android compatibility as though it is currently under consideration. Crowdfunding ended in October 2016. The Watch U is expected to be released in April this year.

 

See also: E Ink’s ePaper Signage Solutions Enhance the Learning Experience at the Estonian National Museum

FACTUALLY Electronic Sticky Notes Will Eliminate All Those Post-its Stuck to Your Computer Screen

Personal computers were supposed to all but eliminate the need for paper, but one look at your sticky note-covered screen tells a different story. ResearcherTobias Große-Puppendahl may have created the perfect compromise, however: an electronic sticky note that can replace all of your little yellow reminders.

To make them as easy to use as a pad of sticky Post-its, these tiny electronic displays never need to be charged. Instead, on the back you’ll find a thin, flexible solar cell that harvests all the energy they need from indoor ambient lighting. There’s a Bluetooth low-energy chip inside them too, so they can be wirelessly updated from a mobile device or a PC, and the same e-Ink display technology as you’ll find in ebook readers like the Kindle.

A solar cell a few inches in size that’s only exposed to indoor lighting doesn’t generate a lot of electricity, so these electronic sticky notes utilize low-res e-Ink displays that can only be updated and refreshed about once every minute in ideal conditions. You won’t be using them to watch videos, and they can only display a couple of blocky characters at most. But they can still be a useful way to get a quick idea of how many unread emails are sitting in your inbox.

The wireless design of these tiny screens also means they can be easily shared just like you would pass a sticky note onto a co-worker. The only drawback would be the price, but as long as the overnight cleaning crew doesn’t throw them out, you can keep using these sticky notes as long as there’s at least a little bit of light in your office.

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Source : gizmodo.com

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Buy an eReader!

1. eReaders do not strain your eyes

eReaders can solve this problem: Spending long hours in front of a computer can cause repetitive strain injury (RSI) often inherent from direct glare where the light shines directly into your eyes. To prevent eye strains, experts recommends 30 minutes rest every 2 hours of computer usage.
On the other hand, e-ink is neutral. It does not emit light nor does it cause glares. Essentially, an eReader like the InkCase i6 does not obligate you to rest your eye at all!

2. It is light. Very light.

One of my travel essentials is a book, sometimes two if I am travelling for an extended period. An average eReader weighs in at 150g to 200g with a thickness of approximately 100 pages. Compare that to what I used to lug around – a Harry Potter book which weighs approximately 1.1kg and 600 pages thick. It is no wonder I never looked back to using a physical book anymore.

3. Never miss a bookmark

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living” – Jonathan Safran Foer.
This beautiful literature quote would have otherwise been lost if not for the bookmark and search function of an eReader.
An eReader quickly and effortlessly lets you save pages, sentences or words only to be referred back with a simple search.

4. It cuts down on clutter

Hundreds of books used to stack on my study shelves. That all disappeared in 2009 when I bought myself an eReader. Typically, an eReader like the Kindle can hold approximately 3500 eBooks which allowed me to clear out the books sitting on the shelves.