A Peaceful, or for that matter, Tasteful, Takeover in the Kitchen by Technology?

In a Kitchen, there is always some kind of technology at work. Even in Pre-historic times, before kitchens, some resources were changed into an eating gadget or a cutting tool. In Modern Kitchens, almost everything could be labelled technology. A new wave of technological convenience and efficiency found its way into the kitchen.

The Strange, and the Helpful, and then the ‘Just Weird’ Kitchen Gadgets.

Here is a list of a few new ones, intended for the kitchen.

Cinnibird is a pen that uses spices and seasonings for ink. You can doodle pictures on all your meals and beverages.

A magnifying spoon will prevent you from eating anything you don’t want to eat, and from swallowing that fly, again.

An electronic nose, battery operated that can detect the freshness and quality levels of meat.

With a “Vision Toaster,” you will never have burnt toast again. You can pop it out just before it turns to dark. This is actually just a modern version of an old type of toaster.

The egg minder keeps track of how many eggs are left and notifies you. You will never again get stuck in the middle of baking and found there are no eggs to use.

A butter knife that heats up while you hold it in your hand. Your own body heat is conducted into this knife enabling you to spread butter straight from the fridge. This would also be very helpful during winter times.

An app-controlled slow cooker will enable you to start preparing dinner before you leave the office for home. Fill up with all ingredients before leaving for work and do the rest via the app. You will have dinner when you get home.

The digital transformation has just begun in the kitchen. Products designed to delight and entertain you will slip into kitchens, making food preparation manageable and more productive. Even reluctant cooks can start having fun in the kitchen.…

How to Draw More People to Visit Museums Again

People don’t like going to museums anymore.  Museums are packed with information.  But you can find almost all the information displayed in a museum through googling on a computer, tablet or Smartphone.  People love their technologies and like to have that carry through on each level of their lives.  That is big competition for a mere museum.

3 ways to ensure that people will visit your museum

  1. Do some research in your museum’s archives and deep-storage?
  2. Find Ancient, Egyptian artefacts, hidden very deep in the archives, locked away securely for many ages. Do not ask why.
  3. Find out how to use artefacts and start implementing them…

NO!  You do not need to go to such extreme lengths.  Museums are finding their feet in the technological world without needing extreme, outlandish, methods to do so.

Visitors to a museum expect their digital experience to follow them everywhere they go, even into a museum.  They can find the information offered in museums, at home, on their tablets, PCs and Smartphone.  How does a museum counter this?

How museums interact with their modern visitors and how they keep them interested One step in that direction was with implementing an app for Smart phones.

The app is filled with newly offered content, for instance, behind the scenes trivia and virtual games to play.  While visiting the museum, the app will quickly give you information for each exhibition, while visiting it.  It can include sounds to further enhance the experience, for example, playing an underwater recording of whale songs, while in the Ocean life section.

Another technology product implemented is the VR headset.  Visitors are invited to don a VR headset and explore the finer details of certain exhibitions, from up close.

And then there is the electronic pen that allows visitors to draw on digital display tables and to download and save information on the exhibitions throughout the museum.

The shift to digital is starting to flow over to the Museum culture.  Technology should enhance the museum visitors experience and understanding of the exhibitions and collections they have to offer.…

Technology in the Classroom; an Advantage, or a Hindrance?

A study done on the pros and cons of technology in the classroom found that almost 75% of educators think that it has a positive impact on the learning environment.  It is also deemed important to develop technological skills in students, to help them prepare for entering the workforce, once done with schooling.  This learning process can start as early as kindergarten level.

The minute a child is born, he is exposed to various forms of technology.  From an early age, they play with electronic playthings and use programs for little ones,’ on Mom and Dad’s tablet or Smartphone.  They start even before talking.  Today’s kids are simply comfortable functioning in this technological world.  They fit in marvellously in a technology driven world.

It is more fun to learn with technology in the classroom.  More like playing.  Students use their Smartphone, tablets, etc. daily, and that makes it easier to learn new things.  The technology, being the constant, and the thing they know.  Students know how to use it, to do research, to compile a report, to play and to speak to friends.

A few other positives, researchers found, in using technology in the classroom

  1. Technology in the classroom allows students to learn at their own pace.
  2. Technology prepares students for the future.
  3. The use of technology helps students retain information better.

Examples of Technology that can be used during lessons

  1. Flashnotes; Allows the student to upload lessons. Students can also share their work like this.
  2. Study Blue; Allows students to organise and store their work, notes and flashcards on their Smartphone. You can share work with other students from this app.  The main attraction for this app is that it is mobile and you can use it anywhere, anytime.
  3. Digital textbooks; where the student can have the newest updated books. No more heavy books to carry around and you always have the latest version of the information.  These digital textbooks are often more vivid, helpful, creative and a whole lot cheaper.

Through embracing the changes that technology brings to the classroom, and integrating it with other learning methods, students can now leave school, better equipped to fit easily in the technological operating workforce.…