Float Like a Butterfly: Why Maneuverability Wins in Quadcopters

Float Like a Butterfly

Float Like a ButterflyDrones and quadcopters have gone from novelty gadgets to near indispensable tools for your home. Whether it’s for surveying your neighborhood or adding an extra layer of security to your house, the market is full of drones that cater to any purpose, and there’s certainly no shortage of enthusiasts who want to take them out for a spin.

But, what exactly makes a drone the right one for the job? Some would argue that the best quadcopter is the one with a good camera. Since these are supposed to traverse areas we usually can’t go to, however, consider mobility and maneuverability as your top priorities.

Avoiding the Dangers

Quadcopters are filling in many roles in society that make work a lot easier. They either take on the usual role of a flying CCTV camera or act as land surveyors in farms, just to name a few. Unfortunately, many first time drone users and even some experienced ones make the mistake in thinking that every flight is going to be a smooth one; it’s not. Often, the drone has to maneuver through many obstacles to do its job right, and that’s why its mobility is a defining factor in your choice.

Many of the more popular drones in 2015 are focusing on control and mobility rather than enhanced camera equipment, and there’s a good reason for this. The sky may be clear now, but there’s no telling when the weather might suddenly turn sour and your poor quadcopter will find itself constantly battered by strong winds, potentially hitting electric poles and trees.

If you’re planning on getting a drone, choose one with superior mobility like the Blade 350 qx3 quadcopter. Not only does it have good aerial mobility, the Blade 350 qx3’s waypoints systems actually makes flying this particular drone a lot easier and safer.

Control and Mobility

When it comes to surveying and charting land, maneuverability certainly wins. In times of crisis, such as natural disasters, a quadcopter’s mobility makes it easier for it to perform its job of surveying an area and checking for survivors. Its maneuverability doesn’t just extend to its performance; it also makes your job controlling it a lot easier.

The next time you’re planning on getting a drone, whether it’s for recreational purposes or to add another layer of security to your home, consider getting one that has better aerial mobility and maneuverability. Not only will it be easier to control, you’ll also have less to worry about crashing it.

Homeless Man Learns How To Code and Finishes an App

CodingPatrick McConlogue, a 23 year old Manhattan-based programmer, taught a homeless man how to code and they are about to release their app geared to help in the planet’s plight against global warming and climate change.

It began gaining exposure through a post at Medium about a year ago, which resulted in a bit of backlash from the Internet’s reading community. McConlogue admitted his phrasing of the title might have contributed to the amount of untoward reaction his effort received.

How They Did It

Despite the negative reaction when McConlogue’s idea began, the process seemed to have generated slow praise and later, even commendation. McConlogue gave Leo, his new homeless student, JavaScript books, a basic laptop and an internet hotspot.

He told Leo he could give him $100 a day or he can learn to code. He said yes to coding and they began their arduous journey. Every day, McConlogue met with him and taught him how to code. After his mentor leaves to go to work, Leo spent about four hours on his own, practicing and reading the books.

The Life of the Homeless

Leo lost his job back in 2011 and after being priced out of his luxurious neighborhood, he made the choice of living on the streets. In a separate report, he was quoted as saying New York City is expensive. When McConlogue approached him with an offer, he thought coding meant coating, as in the dessert.

He said, “it’s really hard to convince people that you are not a bad person, or a drug addict or a crazy. How are you gonna do that when you are homeless, and that’s how the homeless are depicted? It’s not always a negative thing but people don’t know that.”

Where They are Headed

The pair aims to develop an app that positively contributes to the worldwide effort of reducing carbon footprint and climate change. It sounds promising, and even the biggest players of the industry of mobile and technological development are impressed.

They have been invited to Google to do video chats and they have also been affiliated with the tech blog Mashable. Even if Leo didn’t seem to know what Mashable was, or if maybe he’s just a stepping stone in McConlogue’s spotlight, he said he doesn’t care. As long as he’s learning, he’s glad to be living.

Vandal Activity Reveal Weakness in U.S. Internet Services

Tens of thousands of residents in northern Arizona went without internet service for a couple of hours when vandals cut through an underground bundle of fiber-optic cables owned by CenturyLink last month. The outage lasted more than 15 hours.

This vandal activity did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, but it also disrupted services of stores, emergency dispatch systems and online cash machines. More importantly, it exposed a big problem in America’s Internet infrastructure.

A similar incident in Washington last year caused 10 days of Internet and telephone services outage in the San Juan Islands. In this case, an underwater fiber-optic cable became wrapped around a big rock and broke. CenturyLink was also the service provider in this area.

No Back-Up System

CenturyLinkVery few places in the United States have back-up systems. It’s mostly just the greater metropolis, and the smaller cities and bigger rural areas are left without any. Service providers generally do not build alternative routes, or redundancies, unless they believe it is worthwhile financially.

The more rural the location, the more likely there is only one road in and out of the location, a former infrastructure security manager in the U.S. Homeland Security Department was quoted as saying. Despite warnings about this weak spot, most Internet companies still do not have backup systems.

The Problem with Fiber-Optic Lines

As early as 1995, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology warned that optical fiber technology could cause the diminishing of geographic transmission routes resulting in an increase in network vulnerability.

Companies continue to deploy more than 10 million miles of fiber annually in the U.S., which only increases the risk of damage from backhoes, trench-diggers and shovels. Outages on high-capacity fiber-optic lines in the U.S. have shot up in recent years, from 221 in 2010 to 487 last year.

Expanded Access

The U.S. Agriculture and Commerce departments provided about $10 billion in grants and loans to encourage Internet service providers to expand their services and broadband access. The departments said recipients were encouraged but not required to build redundancies into their projects.

CenturyLink, the broadband provider in the Arizona and Washington outages, declined to make a statement regarding the incidents. A representative said in an email, however, that the company is constantly investing in its local network and strives to deliver new services and build redundancy where possible.

About half of the rural U.S. lacks access to high-speed Internet service. While nobody is requiring anyone to build network backup systems against outages, there are now drawings of plans to distribute about $20 billion over the next five years to support rural broadband.

New Tech Makes World-Class Digital Campus Possible

ElearningThe University of Lübeck in Germany built a cloud-based e-campus for 24,000 students and 53,000 staff members during 2012, a move which has inspired other universities across the world to build their own digital campuses and try out new information technological developments, as well.

These digital campuses aim to improve the quality and accessibility of educational resources, expand the geographic scope of universities, and increase the number of services the institution offers. However, as much as they are initially geared to contribute positively, challenges cropped up over time.

Lübeck Goes Digital

Lübeck is a public university that specializes in medicine, science, technology and natural sciences, and also has a teaching hospital. Its concept of e-campus placed increasing demands on its technology infrastructure and had to make a choice—expand the infrastructure or migrate to a new platform.

Holding out hope to improve education quality, management efficiency, and access to scientific research resources, Lübeck chose the latter. The university decided to migrate the existing storage infrastructure to a new platform. Their digital campus now includes an eLibrary, forum, online storage, and file sharing.

The Challenge of Online Activity

E-campuses created new challenges for organizations. Universities with tens of thousands of students or more generate a nearly unmatched amount of communication and information, and they are struggling to keep up with large volumes of digital activity in a cost-effective manner.

Lübeck’s e-campus had to be easy to increase in size to suit future needs and serve the needs of an institution that also treats medical patients. But science and technology is fast to adapt and Lübeck claimed they are, “optimally positioned with regard to future growth of the storage system.”

Speed and Science

Since its inauguration, Lübeck’s e-campus has grown in speed, stability, and reliability. Their digital campus has been delivering more campus applications and services faster to teachers and students. In fact, it has been running 24/7 since its deployment.

Other universities expressed concerned about the speed and the smoothness of the transition, should they go with the trend. To remain competitive, universities have to shift their channels and acknowledge that cloud computing, big data, mobility and socialization is the new face of education.

IT architecture is evolving with the hopes of addressing future needs and challenges. Adopting future-oriented strategies today can increase an institution’s scalability, cost-efficiency, reliability and performance both immediately and in the years that will come.