I am currently on a 3 month work placement here in order to expand my knowledge of web design and gain a better insight into IT. I have chosen this work placement because I feel that I can both improve my own skills and develop the ideas of MD Info Tech even further.
During my time here, I have learnt numerous things which have allowed me to better my understanding in the field of IT. For example, I now know how to upload articles and pictures onto specific websites such as the Lady Fatemah Trust. This has been very beneficial as in the future I will be able to manage websites and upload different items onto it. It may sound boring but really, it’s not!
In this process, I have learnt many different things about myself. I find that I am very quick to criticise other websites but I only do this in order to modify clients’ choices in design so that they are able to have an improved end product!
I would definitely recommend this experience to other students at school, like me, because it has been a very informative process. Even though it is hard to juggle school and ‘work,’ it is useful as I have gained a lot in terms of my IT skills. Hopefully it can be a base for my career in the future!
Only in movies like Toy Story have I ever seen animations being brought to life before. Now there’s an app which does it for childrens’ drawings developed by the HIT Lab NZ and it’s called Colarapp. This is the latest in reality animation apps, which allows children to watch their 2D colouring page turn into 3D with the use of the app. First you download and print a colouring page from Colar’s website which you colour in using colour pencils or crayons etc. There are various pictures to choose from including planes, teddybears, birds and dragons. You then take your phone and point it at the picture and within seconds the app animates the drawing to life. Special features of the app include a zoom facility as well as the ability to view your drawing from different angles. At present the app only works for pictures downloaded from Colar App’s website but who knows what the future holds!
For a free App, this is definitely one of the better ones in my opinion. It’s available on iPhone or Android, and can be downloaded directly from their website:
Think back to the very first time you wore a virtual reality headset. The experience of being teleported into a parallel dimension at the click of a button was rather exhilarating. The Google Glass takes this concept one step further by allowing the individual to tap into resources on the Internet whilst going about their everyday routine with a pair of Android powered spectacles. These seemingly ordinary glasses are packed with a multitude of features ranging from taking pictures and watching movies to obtaining directions, searching for information and translating phrases. The device works by positioning a miniature display of information on a virtual panel in front of your eyes at such an angle that it doesn’t obstruct your ordinary vision.
The glass responds to voice commands, taps and gestures via the integration of a touch-sensitive bar, located along the side of the frame. It is possible to customise the glasses further by downloading specially designed apps or pairing it with your mobile phone using the My Glass App. Initial thoughts on the glasses are that they are lightweight and incredibly powerful. For those who already wear glasses, a custom version of the Google Glass which can be attached to existing frames will be made available. At present the glass is available in five colours; namely black, orange, grey, white and blue. Basic specifications include a 5 megapixel camera, 24 hour battery life, 16GB flash memory, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Although the Google Glass is not yet commercially available, participants who signed up to the Google Glass Explorer Program in 2013 were able to purchase a developer version for approximately £985.
Set to be launched later this year, there are concerns which still need to be addressed such as the invasion of privacy and the dangers of wearing the glasses whilst driving. However, on the whole the reception has been very positive provided the price tag comes down a notch or two when they are eventually released onto the market!