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6 Awesome Ways Drones Are Being Used Today

6 Awesome Ways Drones Are Being Used Today

Just a few years back, you would never have heard the term “drone” with a very positive connotation. Whenever there was any talk of drones, you thought of wars, attacks on terrorists, and spying of certain areas using pilot-less planes.

The air surrounding drones has changed quite a bit in the past few years. With their growing presence in the media, their potential is becoming recognized more and more. They can be used for reasons other than spying and warfare. People are now using drones in many awesome ways.

Regardless of how much they are being used for recreation and other purposes, the fears associated with drones are always there. This is why you must always know the proper guidelines of flying a drone in your area. Also, you should be an expert drone controller before you start sending one into the air. A small mistake could cause big accidents. With these things in mind, here are some awesome ways drones are being used today.

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1. Capturing Live Events

One of the coolest uses of drones in recent years has been for the capturing of live events. Drones are being commonly used these days to capture addresses by politicians, concerts, and live sports events. They can provide a perspective to the audience that no other technology can provide.

In the past, cameras hung from cables were used to capture aerial views. However, their use was pretty limited since they could only move on a straight cable. The drones used today are free-flying objects that can move in any direction you want.

When watching live events, you will often notice the small flying objects right in front of the stage. These are drones with 4-rotor blades carrying cameras and capturing amazing footage.

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2. Surveying Dangerous Areas

Drones have opened up such possibilities for humans that exploring the world’s deepest corners has now become a much easier job. For example, geologists have to visit the most peculiar and dangerous parts of the earth to do their jobs. Sometimes, large organizations like NASA have to rely on satellite footage to know the structure of earth in certain dangerous areas. With drones, it is now possible to have a much closer look at places that are not easily accessible for human beings. These drones can go into these places and provide footage so humans can later visit with knowledge of what to expect in these remote areas.

3. Delivery of Small Items

Drones are being used by many big companies for the delivery of products to customers. Think about pizza chains sending pizzas to their customers using drones. These drones are powerful enough to carry multiple large pizzas on them and make the delivery process much faster. Amazon has been using drones in certain regions to deliver small items. However, sending large items this way could be hazardous.

4. Law Enforcement

This is one of the best uses of drones, despite the many fears that people have associated with drones being used by the police. Aside from surveying areas where terrorists are hiding, drones can also be used to identify the locations of criminals and the right plan of action if criminals are holding hostages. In fact, drones used by police can also shoot if the need arises.

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5. Shooting Great Commercials and Movies

Most sci-fi and action movies require aerial shots. In the past, filmmakers had to use helicopters to direct aerial scenes in their movies, but hiring a helicopter and shooting on it can be annoying and expensive. With drones, you don’t have to go through that hassle or disruption. Using expert drone controllers means clean footage that is exactly what the director wants. It seems that modern cameramen and their crews will have to learn to fly drones if they want to protect their jobs in future.

6. Keeping an Eye On Wildlife

With the rising numbers of threatened and endangered wildlife populations, human interest in conservation and protection is growing. Keeping an eye on these animals is a top priority for organizations working in this field. However, when humans enter animal habitats, they can do more harm than good. There is now a better way for these organizations to keep an eye on wildlife without disturbing the peace. Drones have provided a way for these organizations to do their jobs without hurting the animals they are trying to save.

Final Words

There is no end to how drones will be used in future. Even today, companies are thinking of new creative ways to use them. Other than these professional ways of using drones, there are some recreational ways to enjoy with them too. Could there be a better selfie than an aerial selfie of you and the whole island you’re on? In addition to that, drones are being used as a modern type of gaming, where drone pilots from around the world come together in one place, race their drones, and win great prizes.

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Featured photo credit: Mitch Nielsen via unsplash.com

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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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