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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.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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