It’s a Different World for Today’s Tech-Savvy Kids
Iâ€™m just a smidge outside of the millennial generation, which means I remember when computers were big clunky machines known as â€śword processors.â€ť They flashed ugly green screens at you and demanded you type in complicated codes to do anything. Maybe there was something fun to do with them, but I canâ€™t recall what that would have been.
Flash forward quite a few years and itâ€™s a whole new world for our kids. Theyâ€™re growing up surrounded by technology and they seem to have an intuitive sense about how to use it! My little ones can swipe, tap, and click like nobodyâ€™s business. And of course theyâ€™re drawn to it, because technology today equals creativity, entertainment, and achievement. Like HPâ€™s new Sprout computer. This thing couldnâ€™t be further from the dinosaurs of my childhood.
First off, itâ€™s all touchscreen, from the 23â€ł HD screen to the uber-thin Touch Mat, a spill-proof, scratch-proof workpad that has 20 contact points. The coolest thing about this high-performance machine is what HP calls the Illuminator, which houses a 3D camera plus a mega pixel camera. Place something on the Touch Mat to be photographed and it appears instantly to be redesigned, reconfigured, manipulated to your heartâ€™s content. Um, the stakes for that take-home art assignment just went way up. Photo projects, creative projects, even boring work projects can now be more interactive and fun. I can only dream of the Lego creations my son would be photographing, creating, and buildingâ€”heâ€™s like a mini engineer and tweaking things is a favorite pastime.
Of course we all want technology to be as easy and intuitive for us as it is for our kids. Thankfully Sprout has a ton of cool apps that make it simple to use. If thereâ€™s a creative endeavor youâ€™ve been meaning to tackleâ€”say, a scrapbook of your babyâ€™s first yearâ€”thereâ€™s probably a Sprout app that can you get started on it. They have apps that let you do everything from scan, create, and 3D print an original creation; to make stop-motion movies using personal photos; to mix music like a top DJ.
The things you and your kids can easily create using the 3D technology is kind of mind-boggling (to an â€śold momâ€ť like me anyway.) Of course Sprout also has plenty of practical grown-up necessities and uses an IntelÂ® Coreâ„˘ i7 Processor, 1TB of storage and Windows operating system. So you can also use Sprout for all the standard computing stuff. Even â€śword processing.â€ť But guess what? Now you can make those words jump right off the page. And into a self-designed, professional quality book. That you can print via a 3D printer (sold separately). Um, wow. Times have really, fantastically changed.
Katie Quirk Dunyon is a mom of two, a boy and a girl. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.