Fun Facts About The Internet

The Internet is one huge place where billions of people have fun on a day-to-day basis. To be more precise, 2.3 billion people from all over the world are using their desktop computers, laptops and from recently mobile phones and various other gadgets to access the Internet each and every day. What seems to be even more amazing is the fact that in the last decade there was phenomenal growth of over 500% when it comes to the number of Internet users. These numbers are only there to help you visualize how important the World Wide Web has become to us – it is now an inevitable part of our daily routine. So, the next time you sit behind your computer screen and connect to the Internet, know that you are not the only one who performed this task. Instead, the next time you deny the influence the Net has on you, remember that one third of the world's population is online every and every day, and this includes you too.

Internet Usage
As mentioned above, nearly one third of all the people in the world use the Internet daily for many different reasons. However, you need to pay attention to this – these numbers are not the same for every country or every continent in the world. Moreover, there is a big difference between the number of Internet users in Africa and Europe, for instance. While it has been estimated that only 4% of the population in Africa use the Internet, Europe, on the other hand, boasts a 24% Internet usage.

Do Teenagers Use the Internet Moderately?
After discussing the numbers relating to the amount of Internet users across the globe, it is also important to mention age groups. As expected, teenagers spend a lot of their free time online, but the numbers suggest that they are not the ones who spend the most time on the Internet. Even though teenagers spend approximately 30 hours a week online, young people between ages 21 and 35 make the largest proportion of Internet users. So, in case you fall into the latter category, do not tell off your kid for spending too much online. Your child has you to limit their Internet usage, and who is supposed to tell you when it is enough?

Web Cameras
Fortunately, the Internet is evolving more and more, and its users find the new technology to be very useful. When it comes to web cams, it was a long road until they became as useful they are today. In the past, web cams had a purpose, but what they were used for then were quite a bit different from the ways that web cameras serve today. Namely, the first web camera had a very unusual purpose – it was used for monitoring a coffee maker at Cambridge University. Its users found a very interesting and practical way to use a web camera, as they could see when the coffee maker was empty.

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How Does Computer Animation Work?

Animation has significantly improved over the years, from the old two-dimensional cartoons of old to the amazing, and often believable, three-dimensional animation that can now be seen in many movies.

So, how does computer animation work? In a nutshell, 3D animation is created by using a computer to “give life” to static images. In other words, by quickly running through a sequence of images, a computer can appear to make static objects move. This article will explain the basics of how computer animation works.

How Does Computer Animation Work?

There are 2 types of computer animation. The first is called computer assisted animation and the second type is computer generated animation. There are differences between the two, the most significant being that computer assisted animation creates 2 dimensional, commonly referred to as 2D, images. Computer generated animation creates 3 dimensional, or 3D, objects.

The other major difference is that in computer assisted creation, the artist will draw the original 2D objects either on paper or with the help of a computer. In computer generated graphics, the computer does all of the work, since it’s not possible to create this type of dimension using pencil and paper.

In traditional animation, an artist first draws out his objects, scenes and characters in a sequence. Next, he places the most important elements of the sequence in an outline. These are known as keyframes. Each keyframe represents a significant point of time in the final sequence.

Originally, junior animators were then called in to draw the parts of the sequence between these keyframes, thus creating one continuous sequence. Creating these cells, or frames, which fill the gaps between the keyframes is referred to as tweening.

With computer assisted animation, tweening is done by the computer using advanced mathematical algorithms to create a smooth, animated sequence. In computer generated animation, the entire process is done by the computer, from the beginning drawing to the final animation sequence.

What Kind of Software Is Needed to Create 3D Animation?

Today’s computer animators use sophisticated software programs to generate 3D images and graphics. A few of the most popular 3D animation software programs are Maya, 3D Max and Poser. These programs are used by amateur animators and professional artists alike. Unfortunately, the cost of these programs is completely out of reach for the average person. Many of them cost $5000 or more! Thankfully, there are few cheaper options, including free software, available for aspiring animators to learn with.…