Protecting Our Eyes from Technology

I think it is fair to say that the Millennial generation are far more health conscious than previous generations have been. We understand the need to eat healthily and exercise regularly. We know about the dangers of drinking to excess and smoking, with many now ditching traditional cigarettes for e-cigs or vaping. We worry about polluting our planet, recyling our plastic bottles and rubbish, and reusing our carrier bags, generally trying to look after ourselves, whilst looking after our planet at the same time.

And yet, in our work lives, in our home downtime, and even when we are using our ever present smartphones, we over expose ourselves to electronic screens, without ever really thinking about the dangers we are also exposing ourselves to.

There is a specific danger that can come from our mobiles, our laptops and our tablets. It is called blue light. Blue Light can occur naturally in sunlight, hence the danger of looking directly at the sun. But it can also occur artificially in our LED lighting and digital devices. We look at this particular form of blue light at close quarters, and for far longer periods of time than we spend staring at the sun, when we are working (like I am now), gaming, using our phones and even online shopping (which, let’s face it, can be a real time consuming activity, especially at this time of year). More worryingly, our young children now spend a lot of their time online, using their tablets and laptops and subjecting their young eyes to danger and damage from an early age.

Starring at an unprotected screen can cause our eyes to suffer from digital eye strain which can cause blurred vision, headaches, dry and runny eyes. Blue Light is currently being investigated as a possible cause of permanent retina damage. It can also have a negative effect on sleep. Many of us use our smartphones before we go to bed, and this can effect our ability to both get to sleep, and to then sleep soundly. This, then has the capacity to leave us feeling disorientated and unable to concentrate the next day as we struggle due to lack of sleep.

But there are things that we can do to help protect our eyes. The obvious would be to cut down our usage of our technology, particularly during the evening and before we go to bed. But in the times we live, even school homework is often completed online, and with most office work conducted online, the rise of blogging and gaming, it is clear that for many people cutting down their time in front of some sort of device is not really an option.

Ocushield is one way to lessen the effects of Blue Light. It is a Blue Light screen protector that blocks those harmful lights that come through your screens, without cancelling out the non-harmful ones.Your pictures are still clear, and the Occushield will also protect your screen from cracks and scratches. It fits easily onto a smartphone, tablet or computer screen. It is simple and yet effective and is definitely worth checking out.

We will not be giving up our technology anytime soon, but if we limit our usage at night, and then use a blue light screen protector, we will at least keep our eyes safer.

Create A Logo – Create a Presence

In the times in which we live, image and branding are everything. If you have a product to sell, or a company or brand to promote, you need to make sure that you have a logo that helps you to establish just who you are and what you are offering to the big wide world. Think about all the major companies and well known brands that are a market force today – Starbucks, Rolls Royce, Mcdonalds, Versace, Apple, Ralph Lauren Polo, all these brands have an instantly recognisable logo. You don’t need to see the name of the brand, or even any other wording, you know exactly who they are and what they are selling.

Clearly the logo you use for your brand is important. It shows your style, your ethos, and most importantly, it is a statement of your intent. Today, with many new start ups appearing every single day, you need a logo that helps your ideas and business stand out from the rest. This is true whether you have an office or warehouse based building, an online store or website, or even an Etsy or eBay shop. Your logo is often the first thing that people see, your introduction to the world, and is a really good way of standing out to the world.

Logojoy

Logojoy help you create a logo to be proud of. You can design a personal logo for any business or venture, with the average design time taking just 45 minutes. Logojoy say

Logojoy uses artificial intelligence to instantly generate beautiful, unique logo ideas for your business.

The beauty of Logojoy is that it is very easy to use. It’s robot designer Dezi has so far created designs totaling more than 100 million for a wide range of companies, and has worked with almost 44,000 entrepreneurs who wanted to give their company a new look. One of the things I love about Logojoy is that you don’t pay to use the system to create your designs, you use the system freely, and only pay once you have a usable design that you love and would be happy to use to promote your business,

The Process

You start the design process by entering your brand name. Logojoy then offers a range of generated designs featuring different layouts and fonts so it can get a general idea of your needs and style. You are asked to highlight five or more designs to create a style shortlist that can be used as inspiration. Next you move onto colour schemes, looking at spectrum’s of colour that make up mini palettes. I initially chose a pink colour scheme for my fashion-mommy logo, but the great thing is that you can later change this if you decide something else looks better, or is more appropriate.

The next step is to add a slogan if you so wish, with the advice from Logojoy being that short and snappy often works best. I chose something simple – ‘fashion-beauty-lifestyle’ which basically sums up exactly what ‘fashion-mommy’ is all about. You can also chose symbols from a wide range, with keywords generating a range of images, and also generating other related keywords, from where you can find even more images. I used the key words fashion and beauty at first, but later used a more specific ‘high heels’ tag to find an image that I wanted.

Once you have completed these steps, Logojoy will give you a choice of logo’s that it has generated based on your choices. I had logos with different fonts, image logos and different colours from my spectrum collection. There was also an option to click for more logo’s if none of the ones presented are suitable, but I really liked a simple, elegant design with a shoe at the centre.

You can then move forward to a refining screen, where you can change colour, font size, image, image colour, layout, quite literally everything about your Logo. I had opted for a pink/red colour spectrum, but changed it to a darker shade of blue which I found to be more striking. I made the font more Art Deco in design, echoing one of my passions, and also changed the colour of my slogan and image to a glamorous shade of red.

I created a logo that I am really proud of, one which would be perfect for letterheads, emails, business cards, literally everything that would help me promote my blog. The premium package costs just $65, and you can also get social media add ons. Your logo is converted to different file sizes and formats so you can use it in many different ways, and the cost includes support if you decide to change anything about your logo any time after the initial 24 hours after design.

 

 

The Rocket Singing Machine – Fabulous Fun!

If you have a budding Adele or Ed Sheeran, then you may want to take a look at the Rocket Singing Machine. Promising to turn any music fan into a ‘singing superstar’, the easy to use microphone not only allows your voice to be amplified, it also allows you to add echo and sound effects. You can also link it to the internet via Bluetooth, thus allowing you to also play music through the singing machine that you can then sing along too. This is hours of fun for your children, and also a perfect addition to house parties for karaoke fans (although you might want to invest in some earplugs for the neighbours…)

The Rocket singing machine is very easy to use. It takes 3 AAA batteries and is then operated by a switch in the centre of the device. Two further switches on the front of the machine allow you to control sound and echo, and you can simply use the machine in this way, to sing along to MTV or the radio, or just to sing your own songs. In fact, you don’t have to sing songs. My boy has used his machine to commentate on televised football, or just to shout slogans and catchphrases. (unbelievable tekkers being his fave).

The Rocket can then also be used to play music through connection to a bluetooth device, you can then sing along to all your favourite songs, adjusting your vocalsĀ  with the control switches. It is completely wireless, meaning you can totally polish up any performance and add dance steps until you totally rival Ariana Grande.

Competition Time

The Rocket Wireless Singing Machine is looking for a star to be the face of Rocket Mic. Could it be your child? If you have a budding star simply send their best singing video to the Rocket Star competition that you can find by clicking here.