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Acer Launch – Spencer House

20 Aug

I don’t know where I would be without the web. If there was no web there would be no blog and that for me is a daunting thought.

I remember when I first started using a computer, I’d be there for what seemed like forever searching for every key I needed on the keyboard (it wasn’t unusual for it to take up to 5 minutes to complete a three letter word)! Likely it didn’t take long for me to get used to typing and using the Internet. Within months I had launched the blog, finding myself writing post on a daily basis.

The children share a desktop for homework and creative projects. Little man has gained so much from using it and if anything such technology has provided him with a way to communicate and express himself in a more positive light.

Those who read the blog will know how my child who is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome amongst other labels, suddenly stopped writing and as a result his ‘then mainstream school’ found the only way to get him to produce and engage in any type of work was to give him access to a computer. Little man is a fast learner and I’ve found that todays world of technology has provided him with great opportunities, a way to show how clever he really is! Little man is 11 and can do just about anything on a computer from spread sheets to presentations, video editing and site building. Like me it provides him with a louder voice, a way to send messages to world. Little man is undergoing OT (occupational therapy) and as part of the programme his learnt varying levels of touch typing. At 11 my son has just started his own blog and discovered the world of twitter (which he loves just as much as his mother)!

So, when one of the big names in technology ‘Acer‘ invited me to the launch of their latest tech products, little man was pushing me out the door armed with a note pad and pen and a camera shoved in my hand.

the launch was also a celebration of their worldwide partnership within the Olympic movement as well as the support it has provided to the ‘London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ (LOCOG) during this years London 2012 games.

A few select bloggers and writers were invited to the magnificent Spencer House in Saint James Place London, Where they got to have a play with all the latest releases from acer, before being treated to a delicious 3 course meal set in one truly astounding setting.

Before I begin to write about what’s new with acer I really want to share this beautiful historic eighteenth century mansion ‘Spencer House’ a place I felt so privileged to have been invited.

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Image credit Spencer House

I had no idea that the venue for the event was one of such historic beauty. Decked out with vintage furniture & accessories, gold leaf trimming, tall vases and large dangling crystal chandeliers.The walls of every room displayed an array of beautiful painted art and the ceilings are higher than any I’ve seen before. Set over looking Green Park and located just around the corner from Buckingham palace, one didn’t find it hard to be bedazzled.

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As you can see from these images, I became a tad obsessional about those stunning chandeliers.

Acer and spencer house put on a beautiful lunch consisting of three wonderfully prepared causes ( and there was me expecting a table of full of nibbles).

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Possibly the most beautiful house I’ve ever stood in!

I loved the mix of attendees. I was sat with some lovely people at dinner. Conversation was flowing as all had something interesting to say (there is nothing worse than dinner with a load boring so and so’s so this I was pleased with).

The gadgets were all pretty impressive. I think that most mistake acer as a brand that produces user friendly yet very basic tech products therefore explaining their affordability. I’m guilty in assuming that acer mostly produced consumer friendly net books and tablets. With time its become very apparent that this isn’t the case and it was during my visit to spencer house that I discovered just how much more acer offered its users.

The Acer Aspire 5600U, an all-in-one PC, was the product that really impressed me. Not only does its floating design look fantastic with full HD screen and ability to recline up to a 60 degree angle but it’s also a touch screen which I’ve found to be a fantastic feature for those with certain SEN and disabilities (especially that of autism) because of the simplicity and sensory benefits it provides.

I had a good play on the Acer Aspire 5600U and can therefore report that yes, the 10 point touch technology really does make this an incredibly smooth and highly responsive multi-touch experience.

There were many other reasons for lusting over the system. The semi-transparent enclosure around this PC accommodates the hard drive, blue-ray player and the screen giving it that tidiness.The keyboard and mouse are wireless and it boasts a frameless screen which is an impressive 23″. The PC comes with an exclusive VESA mount kit allowing you to view HDTV on the wall giving u the perfect cinema experience.

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Another that caught my eye was this special-edition Olympic tablet, the iconia A510.

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The A510 has an extra long battery life of up to 15 hours and built in storage of 32G (can be expanded up to 64G with the use of an SD card). This is a tablet designed for both work and play with its powerful quad-core performance and smart productivity, the A510 is able to multi task with ease.

Superior audio is another great feature that comes with the A510. The Dolby Mobile 3+ with premium 5.1-channel HD output, and two high quality inbuilt speakers, makes both music and movies that bit more enjoyable.

This has been pre-loaded with Eurosport player for a limited time and includes that of the Andriod Ice Cream Sandwhich OS, making the A510 the perfect tool for mobile lifestyle.

This is a great tablet thats not only powerful but also attractive in terms of design. Available in both black and silver and sporting the Acer/Olympics logo that celebrates it’s partnership within the Olympic movement.

The Olympic A510 special edition tablet is available from Carphone Warehouse from £349.99

With little mans birthday fast approaching this tablet has somehow become his most wanted item… Yes, his not asking for those weird but wonderfully cheap items like batteries and padlocks, as his done in previous years (another trait of his Aspergers I’m sure)!

So, there you have it, some awesome Tech products from Acer. Christmas will be here before you know it after all.

This is a review post. I wasn’t asked or paid to write this. I reviewed the items during the Acer launch at Spencer House. Opinions are honest and all words are that of my own.

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Holidays, festivals and Aspergers

14 Aug

As some may have noticed, this blogger has been a tad quiet these past few weeks. This I can only put down to the 6 week holidays.

The children have done well at keeping me on my toes since breaking up from school, there’s been all sorts of crazy family ups and downs (luckily nothing to explosive has happened)!

Little man struggles to get the most out of his holidays, what with the lack of a more structured routine, things can often get on top of him. However, this year his doing pretty well and I’m super impressed at how little man is adjusting himself and as a result his enjoying an easier, less stressful school break.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if family life paints the picture that portrays that perfect family the “Walton’s” or even that of the “Little House on the Prairie”. There has been meltdowns, sibling rivalry, tears and of course a little cursing. But thankfully on the whole, it’s been OK and could have easily been worse!

I don’t think I ever imagined that I’d write something like that of the above, especially not during past school holidays which have seen me wondering around in a zombie induced state or that of a women sitting in a corner with her head in her hands, questioning out loud her ability to be a parent! I’ve now come to learn that its a combination of careful planning, self confidence & consistency that makes holidays relatively pleasurable for the whole family (especially for that of the parent and child on the spectrum)!

Little man may scream & curse when I’m requesting a new rule is followed but these rules actually make his holiday and every other day more predicable. He has a clear message surrounding my expectations towards him.

This is the same when applying new activities to a timetable/schedule, as by doing so he is aware of what we’re doing and where we’re doing it. The only problems with this are that of having to reschedule a planed activity or trip, cancellations are by far the worse! Little man like most children diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, doesn’t really grasp the whole unavoidable circumstances explanation and things can therefore become extremely heated and long winded.

This year we haven’t really been on any huge trips and certainly not holidays. Yes, we’ve done some days out to the zoo, park and that of the beach but not as many as I would have liked! Nonetheless, little man seems happy as he engages himself in his special interests or spreading time in the garden where he jumps on the trampoline for hours at a time.

Yet, like his siblings and any other child for that matter, Little man does get bored. Sadly his one true friend who happens to live next door, is off on his holidays where he’ll spend a long sunny 3 weeks in Florida. It’s apparent how much the Little man is missing the friendship and as a result I’m often finding myself having to contend with a snappy, moody 11year year old.

The above has left me needing to think outside the box. There’s been a need to create fun on a budget in-order to keep the little mans mind healthy and stimulated therefore reducing the chances of him getting over absorbed in his interest or annoyed, over stimulated or bored.

Garden sensory play, board games and back yard camping have all played a huge part of our life these last few weeks.

Other then being a parent to three children there has been other things keeping me busy (thankfully I wouldn’t call these chores)! Their are a few new projects I’ve embarked on and some awesome brands I’ve started working with. Actually if I’m honest, I’ve had some lovely surprises since the kids broke up! Discovering I had been chosen to become one of the new Butlins Ambassadors, was one of those surprises, one that caused big cheesy smiles from fellow members of the household.

Becoming a Butlins Ambassador means I can book a holiday with the children between now and next August, and then share my views on the resort by written review and video.

Most importantly, I can report on the little things that matter to those families who have children on the autism spectrum, those with SEN and other types of disability. A holiday camp such as Butlins, runs scheduled activities & events throughout the day which is most appealing to the child who needs structure and routine to feel safe and comfortable.

As well as the review, I’ll be able to share all the need to know Butlins news which includes anything from fantastic competitions to fabulous savings.

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If the above wasn’t enough for me to get all excited about, I’ve also met with Acer who invited me to check out their latest Tech releases while celebrating the Olympics 2012 games and its worldwide partnership, by sitting down for a spectacular 3 course lunch at the stunning Spencer House in London (blog post & images coming soon).

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Last week was the week I got myself a little ‘Me’ time. I’ve just returned from a the “Wilderness Festival” in Oxfordshire. I spent the entire weekend with a friend discovering what Wilderness had on offer for its second year… and it was bigger and better than its first year ( review coming soon).

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So now I’m home and enjoying being mum. Yes, it gets tough sometimes but there is no place I’d rather be.

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