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Hoverboard: An Efficient Means of Transportation

Hoverboard: An Efficient Means of Transportation

This may be the best news your inner child hears, well, ever: Yes, hoverboards are real, and yes, you may just get to ride one soon. In this day and age of modern technology and advancements, the process of transporting from one place to another has become immensely convenient, easy, and entertaining. Technological advancements such as hoverboards have become a fun alternative to the old method of walking. The reliance and dependency of common individuals on these technological advancements has certainly changed the way we go from place to place in our daily routine. Hoverboard is basically a “self-balancing scooter” and a form of two-wheel motorized gadget.

Working and Manufacturing

How these hoverboards work is fairly simple. Their stability is based on the principle of weight transfer. We can move forward on it by transferring weight in the forward direction, and brake or reverse by transferring weight in the backward direction but you must need to have speed under control. A couple pressure-sensitive footpads control the speed and movement of the hoverboard.

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Because stepping on this board transfers some amount of weight in either forward or backward direction, the board starts to move which it makes the process of mounting and dismounting is a bit challenging and tricky. This makes the riders have a little difficulty to steady and balance the board, especially while they’re still in the midst of getting used to ride a hoverboard.

Balancing and steering the hoverboard stresses calf and foot muscles. Just like all the others motorized and non-motorized transporting gadgets, there is a presence of a fair share of risks involved, and there is a dire need of due safety measures that an individual must address before hopping on the hoverboard or any other scooters or boards.

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Pros and Cons

The pros and cons associated with these technological advancements of hoverboard play a pivotal role in shaping and transforming our life and our daily routine. The benefits and pros of using modern technologies such as hoverboard overshadows the risks and disadvantages coupled with its usage.  But recently, the emergence of heat issues in these hoverboard has ringed the warning alarms and caution in the minds of hoverboard users. This ignited a spark of fear in the minds of the users and created an element of uncertainty.

The main reason for such issues, that quite often leads to minor accidents, is the usage of cheap batteries that are prone to leakage. Hoverboards are usually powered by large lithium ion batteries that can overheat or sometimes even explode under some conditions. But, most of these complaints and accidents are found in cheap and low-quality hoverboards that are available online.

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The price of these hoverboards are usually under $300, but the presence of faulty batteries can cause the accidents probability increases immensely. There has been an active investigation going on, that the primary objective is to find which brands are prone to disasters and which brands are considerably safe. But despite all the risk and dangers involved, none can argue with the fact that these hoverboards are the modern mean of transportation which is efficient, enthralling, and convenient.

Cost Estimation and Specification

It’s probably best to buy hoverboards from leading manufacturers and brands, which eliminates the chances of heat issues and accidents to a great extent. The prices for scooters calling themselves hoverboards can start from as little as $300. Some of the infamous and widely popular big-name models include the likes of IO Hawk, Monorover, Phunkeeduck, Swagway, and Power Board. The price of these boards ranges from $400 to $1800, and the specifications and features vary with the price. Some special discount deals like black Friday also provide utilities to their customers.

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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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