This week my daughter has to do a family tree. More than that, she has to interview someone in our family and ask questions about their lives growing up. She has chosen to talk to my husbands mom, her Gram, about Grams life as a child and how things are different from then till now. When we asked Charlotte to come up with questions to ask Gram, her first one was
“Were TVs black and white growing up?”
Now it’s hard to imagine that it was only in 1966 that NBC became the first all color broadcasting network.
Fast forward even from then.
It’s the year 1996 and I am off to the University of South Florida. I am 18 years old and I have my first computer. And it’s a beast. Black screen, green text, and makes a god awful noise when it tries to connect to AOL. But who knew? Who knew that by the time I would graduate college that pagers would be out for cell phones, people would go from green screens to color screens, and everyone you meet would have a website instead of sitting in a chat room.
Looking around my office I have a drawer of cameras (literally), DSLR and pocket ones, several HD video cameras, more memory cards than I can count, a PC, an iMac, 4 iPhones, MP3 players and 3 Samsung Flat screen TVs.
Technology is changing by the minute and there is no doubt that my family is a Family in Motion.
For the next 8 weeks I have been invited by Samsung, an absolute favorite of ours (after all, all the TVs in my home are Samsungs) and a leader in televisions, to showcase some amazing technology on a brand new Smart TV ES8000.
Setting up the TV
Thank goodness for being married.
One thing that I do not love to do is set up technology. The pool of wires that involves the Xbox, BluRay, DVR, and TV freeze me in horror every time. My spouse was quick to take over and wanted me to pass on ea few things about set up.
1) Do not be afraid. The TV has flawless execution for set up. And while 55 inches is nothing to shake a stick at, its thin and light that he was able to lift it himself. This is a far cry from past 250 pound monster TV that needed a whole wall unit to support it! No need to ask the neighbors to come over and help you lug a TV around.
Just look at this…it’s thinner than my iMac.
2) Manual set up with cords was under 5 minutes. Time from TV plugin to going through the settings took no more than 10. He set up motion controls as well. A tip on the motion controls is that it needs to be silent in your home. At the time of set up we had every neighborhood girl in our house hanging out and a baby eating dinner, so we did have to redo the controls a few times. Quiet is the key here!
Hi, TV. Power On!
A family in motion loves motion controls! With voice activated system, we don’t even have to get up from the couch to turn the TV on and off. While that may sound silly or lazy, imagine being sick, tired, elderly or disabled. The Samsung Smart TV ES8000 has combined intelligence with every day usage to make luxuries like a television even more useful.
Games. OH THE GAMES! Angry Birds with your hands as a control? I could barely get my husband off of it to get my daughter through a turn so I could finally have a turn.
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This was my first Skype experience. Lynsey and I met up to have a cat date today…this is Stella. Lynsey and I rescued her and her two siblings when they were just over a week old. I haven’t seen her since she was about 5 weeks old.
And I can read my Facebook stream while watching all those darn kid shows.
Or full screen if I am relaxing on the couch…
Let’s not forget a dance party courtesy of a Youtube app!
Which happens every day.
Listen, it would take me all day to write about the amazing aspects of this Smart TV, so every week for the next 8 weeks I am going to be sharing a little bit at a time and how this TV incorporates into our family with some of the amazing things it can do. I still have yet to share the work out program, kids area, and family connections.
But trust me, it is far far from the green screens of the past.
I am no fool. I cannot run from technology, from gaming, from social surfing, from teaching my kids to be responsible with it. So finding a way to bring it all smartly and actively into our lives while still working as a family is imperative. I hope to give you some ideas how we are doing it the next few months so you can do it too!
How has technology advanced for you since you were younger?
Sponsored by Samsung Smart TV, with Motion Control