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6 Ways People are Using Drones to Improve Lives

6 Ways People are Using Drones to Improve Lives

There are numerous technologies which are improving our lives in various ways. One of the recent inventions in the form of drones, aka UAVs, are already changing the world as we know it. Even though drones were invented for military purposes, many people are beginning to understand the true potential of these incredible devices. True photography enthusiasts have already tremendously changed the direction of aerial photography as drones are very mobile and can create breathtaking bird-perspective photos. However, there are other much serious matters that can be more easily taken care of by the use of these modern gadgets.

Weather Monitoring – Hurricane Hunting

NASA aerial plane

    One of the many practical uses that is going to mean a lot for humankind is definitely the weather watching possibility UAVs can provide. NASA, in collaboration with NOAA and Northrop Grumman, is experimenting with drones which can spend over 30 hours in the air. These specific drones are designed for hurricane hunting. This way of hurricane monitoring will greatly help with the possibility of predicting these awful winds, which present grave danger for many people around the world.

    While NASA is focused on using these big drones, a different team of people at the University of Florida is trying to do the same with super resistant mini drones, which would be used to enter hurricanes and acquire the much needed information regarding the properties of hurricanes such as humidity, pressure and temperature. This drone application will certainly help scientists better understand the way hurricanes form, which may make them predictable in the future.

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    SAR Missions

    Search and Rescue Drone

      Search and rescue missions are going to be performed differently in the future, thanks to these devices. They simply offer much faster coverage of the search terrain and, with the ability of carrying different devices, like heat sensors, these thingies will surely make finding someone much easier and faster. In Canada, a victim of a car crash, being disoriented, had wandered away into the cold night. With the use of a drone, the search took a short time and the person was rescued due to heat sensors equipped on the drone.

      Not only is this type of SAR mission time friendly, but it also lowers the costs, as SAR missions can be quite expensive, requiring special off road vehicles and a great number of people in some cases. As drones are still a new thing, we can expect a wide usage of these devices in SAR missions within a couple of years.

      Wildlife Preservation

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      Drone Wildlife Preservation

        In the past, keeping up with the exact numbers of different species was very hard for biologists and scientists in the field. However, with the development of drones, this task is becoming much easier. As drones are quite mobile and silent, it makes them perfect for monitoring wildlife, plus the usual monitoring methods put people in risk, as being close to these animals can be quite dangerous.

        Google is currently helping WWF, a conservation organization, fend off poachers in Africa, who are putting specific species closer to extinction due to their illegal hunting. Poaching prevention is achieved through surveillance drones which carefully pick up any sort of illegal activity. Drones are also used in mapping the movement of animals, which usually requires a lot of work and funds, not to mention time. As time goes by, scientific discoveries related to animals and the protection of animals are going to greatly improve.

        Home Maintenance

        Drone Home Maintenance

          Numerous places on the outside of our houses are unreachable and, due to constant weather fluctuations, some changes definitely occur. Leaving these minor faults untreated leads to some serious damage in the long run, which can be quite stressful for our budget. However, with regular use of drones, checking vital parts of the roof or chimney is a piece of cake and, due to high quality cameras located on the drones, noticing any type of damage is easier than ever.

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          This is only one of the technologies which guarantee the improvement of home maintenance and an increase in home safety. As time passes, more people will use this method of checking their home’s state. It will be much easier to assess the damage done by bad weather conditions. Overall, this is great news, as people will no longer have to worry about faults in their homes, as they will easily be up to date with the things that should be fixed.

          Agriculture

          Drone Agriculture

            The use of drones in farming fields is going to save a lot of money and time due to their speed. Farmers are already using these devices to check damages to their plants after a storm, to see if every plant has enough water, and they can now easily check the progress of their crops. All this is possible due to the bird eye perspective of a drone’s video stream, which gives the perfect picture of numerous crop related data. This allows farmers to act fast and minimize the damage done to their crops.

            Additionally, some agricultural drones are equipped with numerous spraying systems which spray pesticides or fertilizer. Not to mention that drones can access some very inadequate places easily and save the farmer a lot of time. As agricultural drone use is being approved by the FAA, an increasing number of farmers are interested in regularly using these devices to improve their crop maintenance.

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            Delivery and Marketing

            Amazon Drone

              Big companies such as Amazon are preparing drones for instant delivery services. This concept is being adopted by numerous companies around the world, because it is an effective way of delivering goods in under a half an hour to very long destinations. There are a series of laws that should be incorporated to make this delivery method viable, but it all seems like this is going to be happening in the near future. We might expect drones delivering goods to us very soon.

              Another interesting concept that other companies went for is drone marketing. Due to the fact that vast skyscrapers have enormous windows, some companies in Russia have performed several marketing campaigns with flyers hanged on drones. The people working could notice the advertisement. As this is a new way of marketing, it is very efficient because it catches the attention of many people in the building. This innovative way of marketing has great potential, due to the fact that the amount of skyscrapers, filled with millions, are rising every day in numerous cities around the world.

              These are only some of the ways that drones are changing the world at the moment. We can only expect further applications to be introduced later on, as they will certainly change our lives even more. These devices will greatly save the time required for numerous tasks which require a lot of people covering a large area of land, they can come in handy during disasters which cause a lot of material damage, which occur from time to time.

              The applications are simply endless and we will see what the future holds when it comes to the incorporation of these devices into our everyday lives.

              Featured photo credit: richmondmediamarketing.com via richmondmediamarketing.com

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              Last Updated on June 17, 2019

              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

              Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

              There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

              Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

              It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

              For Getting Things Done

              1. OmniFocus

              This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

              Download it here.

                2. Forest

                Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                Download it here.

                  3. Things

                  Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                  Download it here.

                    4. 30/30

                    Recently covered here at Lifehack

                    , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                    Download it here.

                      5. Any.Do

                      A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                      Download it here.

                        6. PocketLife Calendar

                        This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                        Download it here.

                          7. Asana

                          We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                          , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                          Download it here.

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                            8. ToDoist

                            This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                            Download it here.

                              9. FlowTasks

                              From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                              Download it here.

                                10. Calendars 5

                                This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                Download it here.

                                  11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                  A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                  Download it here.

                                    12. Due

                                    A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                    Download it here.

                                      13. Checkmark 2

                                      I use this app

                                      for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                      Download it here.

                                        14. TeuxDeux

                                        Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                        Download it here.

                                          15. Wunderlist 

                                          Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                          Download it here.

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                                            16. Nirvana

                                            For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                            Download it here.

                                              17. Priorities

                                              An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                              Download it here.

                                                For Building Habits

                                                18. Productive

                                                With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                  You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    20. Streaks

                                                    This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      21. Remember The Milk

                                                      Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        22. Day One Journal

                                                        When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          For Files Organization

                                                          23. Evernote

                                                          Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            24. Pocket

                                                            You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                            Download it here.

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                                                              25. Sync.Me

                                                              This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                26. Droplr

                                                                One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  27. Dropbox

                                                                  Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    28. iDolly 

                                                                    In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                    Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      29. Soulver

                                                                      It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        For Working Smarter

                                                                        30. Captio

                                                                        A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          31. Drafts

                                                                          A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                            This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                              33. Doodle

                                                                              This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                  A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    36. GoodReader

                                                                                    This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      37. LogMeIn

                                                                                      Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        For Improving Security

                                                                                        38. 1Password

                                                                                        There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                          You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                          All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            40. Truecallers

                                                                                            Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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