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It’s All Our Fault

We’ve created the monsters that we call kids. We’ve showered them with gifts and review new products that span every tech gadget imaginable. Now I have a 9 yo boy who can’t seem to find anything else to do with his life but play video games, watch videos on his iPod and play on the computer. I blame us.

video gamesI’m first to say I’m lost without my laptop or computer. I don’t leave a room without my phone in my hand or pocket. BUT I also know the enjoyment from reading a good book (nevermind that it’s on a kindle) or getting creative with a craft. Shaun seems lost without something with an on/off button lately. He’s at a age where toys aren’t appealing anymore. Playing outside is hard lately. It’s cold, rainy and the other kids in the neighborhood aren’t around much. That leaves him to play with his sisters. Shae wants to play kitchen and put puzzles together and Sabreena is experimenting with new make-up techniques and working on a script for a school project.

No one wants to do what Shaun wants to do so he’s left to occupy himself with electronics. I take them away for a few hours and he roams around the house. He spends 15 minutes looking through football cards then moves onto tossing a basketball through a mini net on his door then usually ends up falling asleep out of sheer boredom. I tell him he’s not allowed to fall asleep when it’s time time to unplug, that doesn’t count as down time. Board games seem to be the best way he spends his down time. They usually take up lots of time and Shae is always up for a game. I do join in the fun too but sometimes I have to work or cook or clean.

What do your kids do when it’s time to unplug?

I Disclose

Shae and Technology

Yes that is Shae below playing on a laptop at the age of four.

I know this isn’t anything special or new but when I watch her play on the computer, iPad or our phones I am still in amazement a little bit.  She is four and can play these devices like a pro.  I watched her play the computer last night and watched how she was able to use the touch pad on the laptop to control her game and I was amazed at how well she did.  I remember when Sabreena was four she used to play the computer a little but she was more into coloring, drawing and playing with dolls and stuff like that.

I guess I am just getting old but kids have come a long way and technology pushes children to learn how to use these devices at such an early age.  Not saying it is a good or bad thing. I am just saying this seems to be the way of the world right now.

Do you have kids who have seemed to master electronics already at a young age?

I Disclose

Nintendo 3DS Specs – Coming on 03/27/2011

Nintendo plans on launching its 3DS, the handheld video game system featuring 3-D technology with no glasses on March 27, 2011.  Thirty games will be available for the 3DS between the device’s launch and this June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the company says.

Shaun’s birthday is 3/31 and I think this would be a really cool gift for hime but I am having a hard time with the $249.99 price tag.  It seems like a lot of money for his age but probably worth it for the technology.

Below is a ton of information on the 3DS.

Nintendo 3DS Hardware Specs

Launch Date March 27, 2011

Price $249.99 MSRP*

Included in Hardware:    The following is included in the hardware set:

  • Nintendo 3DS system
  • Nintendo 3DS charging cradle
  • Nintendo 3DS AC adapter
  • Nintendo 3DS stylus
  • SD Memory Card (2GB)
  • AR Card(s) (view the cards using the outer cameras to play supported AR games)
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • Operations Manual (including warranty)

Characteristic Features:

  • 3D screen, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses and the ability to adjust or turn off 3D effect with the 3D Depth Slider.
  • Stereo cameras that enable users to take 3D photos that can be viewed instantly on the 3D screen.
  • New input interfaces including the Circle Pad, motion sensor, gyro sensor SpotPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and obtain information, game data, free software, videos and so on for players even when the system is in sleep mode.**
  • StreetPass, a feature that lets Nintendo 3DS exchange data automatically with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range, even in sleep mode once this feature is activated by the user. Data for multiple games can be exchanged simultaneously.
  • Convenient features that users can access without stopping game play such as the HOME menu, Internet Brower, Notifications, etc.
  • Plenty of built-in software such as the Nintendo 3DS Camera, Nintendo 3DS Sound, Mii Maker, StreetPass, Mii Plaza, AR Games, Activity Log, Face Raiders, etc.
  • Nintendo eShop where users can view trailers, software rankings and purchase software.
  • System Transfer which enable users to transfer already purchased software from one Nintendo 3DS system to another. DSiWare purchased for the Nintendo DSi or the Nintendo DSi XL can also be transferred into a Nintendo 3DS system.***
  • Compatibility functions where both new software designed for Nintendo 3DS and most software for the Nintendo DS family of systems can be played.
  • Parental Controls which enable parents to restrict game content by ratings as well as use of specific wireless connectivity, 3D functionality, etc.****

Size (when closed):   2.9 inches high, 5.3 inches long, 0.8 inches deep.

Weight:   Approximately 8 ounces (including battery pack, stylus, SD memory card).

Upper Screen:   Wide-screen LCD display, enabling 3D view without the need for special glasses. Capable of displaying approximately 16.77 million colors. 3.53 inches display (3.02 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 800 x 240 pixel resolution. 400 pixels are allocated to each eye to enable 3D viewing.

Lower Screen:   LCD with a touch screen capable of displaying 16.77 million colors. 3.02 inches (2.42 inches wide, 1.81 inches high) with 320 x 240 pixel resolution.

Cameras:   One inner camera and two outer cameras. Resolutions are 640 x 480 for each camera. Lens are single focus and uses the CMOS capture element. The active pixel count is approximately 300,000 pixels.

Wireless Communication:   2.4 GHz. Enabling local wireless communication among multiple Nintendo 3DS systems for game play and StreetPass. Enabling access to the Internet through wireless LAN access points (supports IEEE802.11 b/g with the WPA™/WPA2™ security feature). Recommended distance of wireless communication is within 98.4 feet. This can be shorter depending on the enviromental situation. WPA and WPA2 are marks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Input Controls Input controls are the following: A/B/X/Y Button, +Control Pad, L/R Button, START/SELECT Circle Pad (enabling 360-degree analog input) Touch screen Embedded microphone Camera Motion sensor Gyro sensor

Other Input Controls:   Other input controls are the following:

  • 3D Depth Slider (enabling smooth adjustment of the 3D level effect)
  • HOME (HOME button brings up the HOME menu)
  • Wireless switch (can disable wireless functionality even during game play)
  • POWER button

Connector: Connector includes:

  • Game Card slot
  • SD Card slot
  • Cradle connector
  • AC adapter connector
  • Audio jack (stereo output)

Sound:   Stereo speakers positioned to the left and right of the top screen (supports virtual surround sound).

Stylus:  Telescoping stylus (approximately 3.94 inches when fully extended).

Electric Power:  AC adaptor (WAP-002 [USA]). Nintendo 3DS Battery Pack (lithium ion battery) [CTR-003].

Charge Time: About 3.5 hours

Battery Duration:  When playing Nintendo 3DS software about 3-5 hours. When playing Nintendo DS software about 5-8 hours. Battery duration differs depending on the brightness setting of the screen. The information regarding battery duration is a rough standard. It can be shorter depending on what functions of the Nintendo 3DS system are used.

Game Card:  Nintendo 3DS Game Card. The size is approximately the same as Nintendo DS Game Card.

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