We were lucky enough to catch up with one of our clients Sebastian Carr, a computer whizz kid from Canberra, who has a passion for all things tech and loves sharing this with the world.
Second Skin has been honoured to know Sebastian since he was referred to our service in 2012, at the age of three. Sebastian was born prematurely at 25 weeks and developed Cerebral Palsy, following a brain bleed at six weeks of age.
This hasn’t stopped Sebastian and he has been familiar with tech from a young age, which has allowed him to interact with the world. Sebastian communicates through an electronic device and is particularly proud of his latest wheelchair. Not only does it fully tilt to help him stand up or lie down, but it has a USB charging port and Bluetooth connectivity so he can connect to all his latest gadgets. It also has a secret infrared feature that allows him to change the channels on the TV!
According to mum Julie, Sebastian’s passion for tech has really developed in the last 5 years.
“He loves discovering how things work and comparing different tech products to see how they compare. Sebastian has a real love for Apple products, he used to love watching Steve Jobs and Apple events and would even set his alarm clock to 4 am to wake up and watch it!”
For Christmas, Sebastian got an iPad air 4 and then with his Christmas money he was able to buy a magic keyboard and a screen protector called paper like, which makes his computer look like he is writing on paper.
This interest and expertise has even enabled Sebastian to become a beta tester for the operating systems at Apple, where he would help test their new operating systems and conduct fault checking. He has certainly taught his mum a few things along the way and is now at the stage where family and friends will come to Sebastian with their tech issues. He has restored devices back to their factory settings, uninstalled programs, and even experimented with setting up two operating systems on one computer. At one point Sebastian was using Linux Mint which is like a Windows operating system, but when he was setting it up on his home computer, he accidentally erased the whole drive and had to get it rebooted, all part of the learning process!
Sebastian has a keen interest in connecting different devices together and recently made himself an analogue channel with an RX modulator. When we spoke, he proudly mentioned that his latest project is to make a second monitor for his laptop. He plans to buy a HDMI to AV adaptor and turn an old TV into a second monitor.
When he is not busily working on his tech projects, Sebastian can be found on YouTube. As a keen YouTuber he has his own YouTube channel called Bas Carr Tech. It has great array of content ranging from tech product reviews, swimming carnival clips and his experience at NAPA (Neurological and Physical Abilitation Centre), so make sure you subscribe today.
You are an inspiring young man Sebastian; we are so impressed with your tech knowledge and intelligence and we look forward to hearing more about your tech projects and watching your well-produced videos on YouTube in the future. Good on ya Sebastian!
Thanks to Sebastian Carr and mum Julie for sharing their story with us.