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Vtech Kidizoom Plus Digital Camera: You’ve Broken My Camera!

You can now pass your love of photography down to your children without the fear of them breaking your digital camera. This is because of the newest trend in child electronics whereby a group of digital cameras; called Vtech Kidizoom Plus Digital cameras; have been made especially for small children.

In this article I am going to speak about why digital cameras are not always child friendly and what makes the Vtech Kidizoom digital camera so popular amongst kids.

Most of us parents are reluctant to let our children use our cameras due to their fragile construction, delicate buttons and complicated menus. We cringe when we think of how much it will cost to repair or replace our camera if it was damaged. Thus the development of the Vtech camera specifically for kids aged 3 to 7 years has been a blessing to all of us parents.

Kids love the Vtech Kidizoom Plus digital camera for the following reasons:

  • It is easy to hold,even if you have small hands,due to its 2 large grips.
  • Comes in bright colours.
  • Has a solid structure; sturdy and resilient enough to handle many tumbles. Thus dad or mom won’t have a reason to scream at them.
  • Easy to take photographs as it has a dual view finder; this enables our kids to clearly see the object they are taking a photograph of. Plus they can zoom in on the object 2 x
  • This camera comes equipted with a large kidizoom LCD screen. This enables our little ones to remain inspired as they can instantly see what kind of photograph they have just taken.
  • Has big buttons that are easy to push; easy to grasp the function of.
  • It contains popular on-board editing options that makes editing photographs fun for your child. Let your child take candid photographs of you and then improve them by warping the pictures in silly ways or adding funny frames.
  • This camera contains a selection of 5 games that are geared towards pre-scholars. These games can keep them entertained for ages, thus your kids find them extremely useful on long journeys in the car when they need to keep themselves entertained and out of trouble.
  • If your child is getting bored of how the camera looks- it has interchangeable face plates.
  • Your child can go wild with taking photographs as this camera has the ability to store up to 500 high resolution photographs with its 256 mega bytes of internal memory.
  • They will never have the need to get disappointed if you have not had an opportunity to download there photo’s yet; as you can easily increase the memory of this camera by inserting a 2 gigi byte memory card up to a 16 Gb card into its SD card slot.
  • Usually when you have friends over or you are trying to watch a film, your child wants to play with their favourite toy right there beside you. Fortunately this Vtech Kidizoom Plus digital camera comes with a set of headphones, thus you can get your child to plug them in when the noise level becomes unbearable.
  • Your child has the chance of being recorded as their favourite superhero character as this camera is able to record up to 10 minutes of video.
  • They will be able to enhance each photograph of theirs with audio as they can record up to 10 seconds of audio with each photograph.

There is one thing that I need to advise you about such that you can pass it onto your kids. When your child is using the flash on this camera they must be careful that they do not stand or zoom in too close to the object that they are taking a photograph of. If they do; the effect of the flash just white washes the entire photograph.

Home Entertainment System – The Advantages

If you have not gotten into the bandwagon yet, then you must have already found yourself wondering what exactly makes a home entertainment system so in demand right now. After all, if people really want a movie theater experience, shouldn’t they be going to an actual theater? Aren’t these mini-theaters little more than flashy but rather trivial upgrades to the regular TV and DVD players using a fancy audio video receiver when you could just be using a digital to analog TV converter box?

There are, in fact, a number of advantages in having your very own home theater. On a more technical level, the system does provide you with two of the things that have previously made the movie house superior in some respects to your living room. First of all, there is the sound system. Both theaters and a home entertainment system use surround sound, which literally refers to having the sound come from all around you-from your left, your right, and even from behind you. This provides an immersive experience that allows you to hear the soundtrack even more clearly, while also giving the sound effects some much needed directionality.

Naturally, the second technical advantage is the screen. Because both movie and home theaters provide a larger screen, you are not as easily distracted from the film, as you would have been if you were watching it in your 19-inch TV. Additionally, the pictures are also clearer and crisper, making the visuals more stunning.

Then again, why buy an entire home theater system when you could have all these features in the movie house?

The answer lies in two words: choice and privacy. Having your own mini-theater at home gives you the option of having a theater-quality movie experience exactly when you want it. Plus, the choice of what film to see also depends entirely on you. There are so many movie channels with a huge choice of great films in all different genres from old time classics to virtually up-to-the-minute blockbusters. The freedom to choose is not exactly an asset of your local theater, with its tightly scheduled screening of only the most recent flicks. Additionally, in your own home theater, you are not even limited to seeing only films. Ever considered seeing that championship game in high definition? With all those many different TV channels these days specializing in all the various categories of sports, news, documentaries, drama, movies and more there is always bound to be a program you can find to enjoy watching in the comfort of your home.

Privacy is one of the biggest advantages as well. Whether you are entertaining guests, enjoying a date with someone special, or simply treating yourself to an epic action movie, you can be assured that you will not be receiving any interruptions from the rude and noisy patrons from across the aisle.

While a home entertainment system may initially seem to be expensive, rest assured that you are going to make a good investment, whether or not you consider yourself a film buff.

Digital Signage Has Transportation Industry ‘Flying High’

Many of us have grown tired of the hackneyed phrase “taking your business to the next level”. But in the transportation industry, that phrase still has some relevance.

With digital signage, businesses that move people have found a new way to, well, move people. By combining valuable information and third-party advertising, electronic signs are transforming the way the transportation industry communicates with its passengers, while simultaneously offering an easy way to generate extra revenue.

Reaching People When No One’s Home

It’s a fact that people are spending more time out of their homes than ever before. From their morning commute to dining out for lunch and stopping for gas or groceries on the way home, most people are out and about from morning to night.

This “out of home” tendency has caused traditional advertising (television, newspapers and radio) to lose its effectiveness and market share. Technology has also had a role in diminishing traditional advertising. With PVR and Tivo, who actually watches TV ads? With wireless networks providing instant mobile access to the Internet, who reads newspapers anymore? With the explosion in MP3 players and easy-to-download music and podcasts, who needs radio?

Because audiences are tuning out ads more and more in traditional media (and now have the ability to skip through ads entirely), businesses have increasingly turned to out-of-home (OOH) advertising to try and get their message heard. A detailed study by PQ Media, a U.S. media research firm, shows the strength of OOH advertising. Since 2002, traditional advertising has barely kept pace with GDP growth, while in the same period OOH advertising has outpaced the increase in GDP, even reaching double-digit growth in 2005 and 2006.

According to PQ Media, OOH advertising consists of two main segments. Static or traditional media include billboards and posters. “Alternative” media include several sub-segments, with Video Ad Networks and Screens (VANS) being the largest category. VANS include the arrays of LCD monitors narrowcasting news clips, sports clips and entertainment interspersed with infomercials that we encounter daily in airport terminals, retail outlets, fast food chains and even on commuter trains and the gas pumps.

With spending increases like the 27% seen in 2006, it is the alternative OOH segment that is fueling the growth in overall OOH advertising. And it is alternative OOH that people are seeing more and more on their morning train, on the pump at their local gas station, in the airport and even in the cab they take to the airport.

Capturing an Audience on the Move

Travelers are a captive audience. Even at the gas pumps, you’re not going anywhere until you’ve finished pumping your gas. With digital narrowcasting, the businesses that transport people can speak directly to this audience using a versatile medium that can inform, entertain and sell.

Unlike posters and billboards, the LCD and plasma screens used in digital signage networks lend themselves well to segmentation. Consider a typical design: one segment displays a news feed; a ticker scrolls the latest headlines, sports scores or stock information; another area displays advertisements.

Now apply this design to the transportation industry and you’ll see why digital signage is really taking off.

- A commuter train can supply a news feed to its passengers and generate much-needed revenue from third-party advertisers.

- A small screen in a cab is an ideal location for advertising. A pilot project in New York City in 2007 showed that the signs can even be GPS-controlled to display ads corresponding to the part of the city the cab is driving in.

- An airport can post notices and give directions to passengers, carry a news feed, and advertise stores and restaurants in the airport.

- A gas station pump can run ads at particular times of the day that highlight specific products the station sells- the newest blend of coffee in the morning, a new energy drink in the afternoon – or promote the car wash on sunny days or a sale on wiper fluid when it snows.

By reaching an audience that traditional ads can no longer touch, businesses in the transportation sector are poised to take mobile digital signage to new heights. As the marketing industry expands the public spaces – including planes, trains and automobiles – that digital signage penetrates, and the digital advertising software that runs the signage becomes ever increasingly able to pinpoint and target audience segments by demographics that are both time and location specific, the potential for digital signage to drive additional revenue streams has even the most seasoned travelers amongst transportation executives flying high.