Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Lytro: Youthful yet generational

       Lytro camera was invented by Yi-Ren Ng, company founder and CEO of the same-named company, Lytro. 

               It's technology began while he was studying at Stanford University, from which he obtained a PhD in computer science years ago, though he's still only 34. 

                            It's is a small square tube camera with a retro feel to it that does away with the focus button by capturing all the planes of focus or as Lytro describes what it does, “it captures a field of light”, the first consumer camera to do so.

               The camera is a squared-off tube less than five inches long with a lens opening at one end and an LCD touch screen at the other. The first generation of the camera comes in two options: one with 8GB of memory and can hold 350 pictures, and one with 16GB and can hold 750 pictures.

          According to TechCrunch, plenoptic cameras such as Lytro's are "a new type of camera that dramatically changes photography for the first time since the 1800s”.

      In February 2012, Lytro company won the Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal’s Idea and Innovation Award in the consumer technology category. 

                This is a tremendous motivation as well as challenge for us young people because we're blessed with so much technology and information to strive and produce much.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

UoN, USIU & Daystar Students @ USIU's SKIKA forum

               In early 2012, broadcast and communication students from the United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted students from University of Nairobi and Daystar University (Nairobi) for a discussion/ debate regarding "Freedom of Expression as it relates to the Media and the Youth that consume it".


      It was an engaging, positive & open forum, a type of which should be held as regularly as possible by all universities globally in order to involve them in information and sharing of diverse views regarding a subject so relevant and complex in this generation.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Kibera children & youth growing in extremely unhygienic and life threatening conditions

          Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and home to approximately 1 million people. There is a lot of garbage throughout the slum, causing flies and insects to spread infectious diseases, as well as sewage all over and no toilet facilities. 

                       One latrine is shared by up to 50 shacks/ informal settlements and young boys are the ones given the responsibility to empty the latrines in river water the moment they are filled to capacity.

                    That is a serious health hazard and a severe form of water pollution. UN-Habitat and other agencies have tried to assist but the pace is not encouraging. 

        The heartfelt wish is that the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya's environmental body, would get support from the government, local community, international bodies and well wishers in order to drastically improve the situation.