Recently, I was called upon to explain to young parents the benefits that their kids could derive from reading ebooks!

I understood that this was something that they wanted me to do because I was a children’s book writer. Also, my books usually come out in both paper format and e-book format. The organizers, the neighborhood school also gave me a brush up saying that a lot of parents are keen on knowing if e-books are beneficial at all!

I was so looking forward to this presentation:

Naturally, because receptive audiences give me a high. Also, there was a group of people who wanted my opinion on something that was rudimentary for them to know for their roles as a parent. I was doubly assured that whatever I would say was going to make a big impact on theirs and their children’s lives.

So, are e-books better?

It is never a question of the traditional book versus the ebook because reading in any form is reading. We conducted a small experiment with twenty boys and the same number of girls who did not read out of interest but because they were forced to. The age groups were from five years to ten years.

We deduced:

  1. E-books can draw their attention:

EBooks were more attractive because they were on a device. Not exactly because they look cool but considering the fact that younger children love their screen time, it was a hit.

  1. E-books retain attention for longer:

Most of the children completed the book in the electronic format when compared to the traditional printed book. The devices keep their concentration engaged for a longer time.

  1. The visual aids are complementing:

The pictures and the animation was a big draw.

  1. They are engaging:

A lot of the eBooks have lesser words per page. Some have drawings and the best thing about them is that the font can be changed and also the background!

  1. Very helpful for children with special needs:

Children with special needs like dyslexia are the ones who had the least problem reading from the e format. Interested in checking out some for your ward? Check them out on https://www.starwalkkids.com/

 

Our rapidly increasing life expectancy can be mainly put down to technological advances. There are many mobile apps and wearable gadgets which can be used to monitor our vital stats, activity levels, food intake and many more. We all agree that technology is improving our health for the better, so let’s find out how exactly this is happening.

Medical staff are always pushed to work long hours in difficult conditions, but a new robotic health-checker could put an end to that. These devices can be cost-effective in the long run, as they can be used to patrol hospitals checking on patients as they go. It features a screen so someone on the other side can speak to the patient, and it also has equipment attached allowing doctors and nurses to check patients’ vital stats.

Diabetics have a bright future ahead thanks to needle-less blood sugar monitors. Prototypes are being made for skin patches which can detect changes in blood sugar levels, and the user can be notified as to whether or not they need to take insulin. There has been work into ‘smart’ contact lenses which are also capable of monitoring blood sugar levels.

There is also wearable tech such as the Fitbit which allows users to monitor their own activity levels, for example the number of steps they’ve taken that day, and their heart rate. The device can also be used to monitor sleeping patterns, so you know if you’ve had enough sleep, and can be set to gently wake you in the morning. There is a mobile app available to store all your data to, so you can keep track of trends and patterns too.

3D printing has enormous potential in the field of medicine. Almost anything can be 3D-printed, from cartilage to skin cells and even whole organs. Whilst this technology is still being tested, it has huge potential to save lives and reduce the need for organ donors.