Both adults and kids are into using smartphones, smart watches, TVs, gaming technology and computers on almost a daily basis and think no more of than just being a good time. However, there are some kids out there, along with some adults, who are fighting autism and are either minimally verbal or completely non-verbal and they are using voice apps and iPads to speak out for them and as a tool for education every day. As a medium for education and communication, technologies like the voice apps and iPad have lead teams supporting autism and the parents to the doorstep of VR (Virtual Reality) and is hence proving to have a crucial role in treating and teaching the people suffering from autism. As per the CDC and Autism Speaks, the research has shown that in the United States, one in every fifty-nine (which is one in thirty-seven boys and one in one hundred and fifty-one girls) have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Children and adults with this disorder face challenges in social skills, behaviour, in verbal and in non-verbal communication, along with issues in attention and sensory areas that effect their lives, however they also portray unique quirks, preferences and identities just as anyone else would. Virtual reality is nor just all about exercising or playing tons of tough rhythmic games such as Beat Saber or puzzle games like Rangi which are mind flexing games. VR is nor being accepted by councillors, teachers, therapists, parents and the children as the central tool for helping those who are suffering from autism to communicate in a better way and in connecting with their friends, family and the world all around them. VR games made specially for people with ASD like Playground VR, Astropolis and non-VR software, example: Sketchup, have leveraged the most powerful motivator of technology and VR as both a way of playing and an opportunity for learning. To build reciprocal social and communication skills, like for expression of right kind of responses, body and facial cues, which are really a challenge for the people with autism. Dr. Daniel Yang undertook a small study in which young adults were made to wear a VR headset and made to use a program that would track the expressions on their face and then project them on to a virtual avatar. When the participants saw their own body and facial cues on the projections, with the help of specialists in therapy, that also assisted them in reinforcing their looking for body and facial cues for other people. The industry working on VR has a big role to play in shifting how therapists, specialists, parents and doctors use in helping children who have autism in succeeding socially and learning in a different way. The innovators in the area of virtual reality enterprise, namely developers, studios and creators, now have the technology at their disposal for the creation of apps, and games that will go a long way in helping people who are suffering with autism and other disorders to do with development in connecting and communicating with the other people and the entire world around them. We cannot wait to see how and what VR apps, games and the experiences will rise up to the occasion and will impact people with autism next.
On a busy November, Friday evening at around 5.00pm at a Manchester Electrical shop located near a park unsuspecting shoppers were going about their business, some buying others just ‘window shopping’. Five men sat on a bench, the first one, seemed to be reading a newspaper, the second was talking on the phone, the third was seen to be busy on his tablet, the fourth was reading a book and the fifth seemed to be enjoying the scenery at the park, but the five had one thing in common; a well-planned out plot to steal from the electrical shop. This crime was carried out with ease under the nose of the store owners and the security guards. The crime was realized after the thieves were long gone. Police was called to the scene of the crime after the shop owner realized he was missing goods worth over £5,000. Despite the store having CCTV cameras, the thieves managed to evade detection, the only details caught on camera including the five men whose faces were hidden by the dark sunglasses and the red, blue, black, white and grey hooded sweatpants they were wearing. This case has come as a shock to sellers around the region, including electrical wholesalers Macclesfield services. The group of the five hooded men each took turns to enter the shop. Each took a record five minutes to enter a specific part of the store take specifically selected goods and leave the store without detection. According to eyewitnesses, the identically dressed men seemed to know their way around the store. They left the bench one at a time, left with goods from the store but each left the store with different means to different directions. According to the store owner, the goods stolen included kettles, toasters, toothbrushes, razors, hair rollers, sockets, cooker points, shower points, and other electrical kitchen goods. Of the stolen goods the cheapest was retailing at £5 per item and the most expensive was retailing at £150 per item. This was a highly organized crime that might have taken months of planning on the part of the thieves. The police do not know the identities of these men but one of the thieves is suspected to be a former employee of the store who had been fired due to lack of accountability for money at the store. According to the police no weapons were used during the theft, nothing in the store was broken and no one was injured during the robbery. The thieves are suspected to be sellers of second-hand goods which in most cases are usually stolen goods. The high demand for second-hand goods in the area seems to be one of the factors accelerating theft. Police have concluded that the goods that were stolen were targeted due to their high street demand. It is believed that the thieves plan to resale these goods to those who cannot afford them or do not wish to pay high-street prices. Police are giving a £1000 cash reward to anyone who has any information regarding this crime.
The world technology continues to advance. Demand to discover anything grew restless that leads to exploration and adventure. Population count will continue to go high and the basic needs will be doubled. Housing, clothing, power energy, and food needs will heighten the demand, and supply should cope up. There are different group of people that can provide the needed supply (businesses) will continue to grow more and competencies would no longer be contained. The more the Earth inhabitants continue to expand, the more we need of its natural resources. Pollution will continue to damage its natural order. What if the Earth could no longer provide such resources? How will its inhabitants survive? How can we stop, prevent, or lessen the pollution? As the Earth continues to suffer, some people are now open in finding ways to answer to these problems and in particular, turning the things that can hurt the Earth into a solution. The use of renewable energy is one of these methods. There are a lot of discoveries now that is considered a renewable energy, for example, using wind to power up a plant having wind mills. Another one is the use of solar panels to convert the heat coming from the sun and storing it into a solar battery that can power up anything. Businesses nowadays are turning to solar energy as an alternative way of powering up their establishments since it is very convenient and environment friendly source of energy. And some of which that accumulates too much power are manufacturing or industrial firms, and office related establishments like banks and telecoms. Nigerian banks to turn to solar energy to power branches started with the Nigeria’s Unity Bank. They do this method to minimize heat pollution and to avoid suffering from continues electrical grid failures (brown outs) that results to loss and important bank transactions, especially to those areas that has minimal power source like Nigeria. Banks daily operation revolves around to money transactions and they do their routine with strict methods. A single mistake may endanger the banks integrity and capacity to handle money. They should have stable and continues power source to provide more service to their customers. If brown out occurs, using electric generators are very expensive since it needs fuel in order to function plus it generates too much noise which is also considered pollution. Instead of paying a monthly electric bill amounting to £ 200 or more, they can now save most of it by investing to solar energy. To start up, buying solar panels and batteries are the first thing to do. Nigeria’s United Bank started by putting up solar panels at the top of some of their branches and did a dry run resulting to a success. Today, they are now doing modifications to its other branches and encouraging other banks to do the same. They are now expecting lesser utility bills these incoming months. Anyone could start using any renewable energy that can help lessen pollution on our atmosphere. Starting from our homes up to the extent that everyone can have one. By doing so, we can help the Earth become stable and continue to thrive in providing us the shelter we needed. There is no harm in having one and trying it. With this method, we can help the environment to last longer for the next generations to follow.