The Spark in Our Lives: Electricity

I read a wonderful novel by Victoria Glendinning, entitled Electricity, many years ago. It was about the implementation of electricity, via the electric light into the lives of various characters in Victorian England. The book captured the impact that this technological innovation had on human beings at this point in our recent history. Suddenly, there were no more dim and shadowy corners inside houses and buildings at night, as had been the case with gaslight. When you think about the fears and imaginings of our ancestors, you can see a direct link with their dependence on candlelight and the like. Ghost stories and all the things that go bump in the night, were born out of shadowy darkness. The spark in our lives: Electricity, became a continuous clarity, which was almost akin to daylight taking over the night.

Electricity Changed the World Forever

Electric light put a stop to a lot of that, via its brilliant incandescence shining light into every corner of the room. When you extend that clarity to things other than vision, it changed the world forever. Now, of course, we take all that for granted. The revolution that was electricity in our lives has continued to transform, almost, every aspect of our existence. Labour saving devices powered by electrical current made life a lot easier for both men and women in the home and at work. Indeed, now we face an obesity epidemic, which is fuelled in part by our lives of ease.

Electricity is the Single Most Important Factor

Our sedentary lives, with remote controls directing appliances, mobile apps, and the couch potato existence, have challenging health ramifications for us all. People have it so easy that they have to pay to go to gymnasiums to maintain fitness. It is ironic in the extreme, don’t you think? Immaculate results everywhere we look, when it comes to our modern lifestyles and expectations. We enjoy a life powered by technology, which produces a beautiful appearance all around us. Electricity is the single most important factor in the totality of our lives.

We Are Enthralled by Electricity

When it comes to checking it out, we are enthralled by electrical power in all its many guises, right across the board. Can you, even, imagine a world without electricity? We have to watch those reality TV programmes, where contestants live in pre-electrically charged homes, to grasp the extent of the impact that it has had upon our lives.

How High Tech Mobile Apps Will Improve the Future

The mobile app market has exploded in recent years with hundreds of thousands of applications across various platforms. Although there are a number of mobile app markets, there are only really two that we need to watch for and should expect the future of high-tech applications to come from and those are the Android and Apple app markets. Between the two of them they make up well over 90% of all cell phone users and their application markets are so wide and varied already it would take a Herculean act to be able to make a third party application that could break in on their marketing dominance.

The real question is how will these high-tech applications improve our future? It partly depends on who you are and the kind of applications you choose to use. However, there are certainly some applications which are in the works and others which will be brought to market before too long. Some professional businesses even hire their own mobile app development company to help produce their vision of the future.

So what are some of the apps that may change the future? One is enhances the technological properties of the phone such as its camera and the ability to see infrared or night vision. This can produce better scanning possibilities and can provide a slew of new data available to app makers to work with. Some are even supposing that a spectrometer, a machine that identifies different wavelengths of light and can tell you the properties of the item being scanned, could make their way into certain smartphone models before too long. High-resolution scanning capabilities can potentially help produce life-saving applications as well. If you’re out in the woods and want to know whether that bush you just rubbed up against was poison ivy or not, simply scanning the bush could tell you whether you are safe or whether you need to go get some medical assistance.

Another app which is certain to be making its way to app stores shortly is the night vision app for phones that even contains infrared. These scanning techniques will allow for greater safety when entering dark areas, the ability to find things that you may have dropped from your warm pocket by scanning for heat differentials in the dark, and even allow your phone to be set up as a tiny little sentinel guarding an area without revealing its location. It will then send you information about who may be entering into or out of a room without flipping on the lights.

There’s even a strong possibility that artificial intelligence on a much larger scale will make their way into our pockets. No longer will supercomputers be relegated to giant warehouses at space command centres but rather they will find their ways into our phones, and through the marriage of social media, the application markets, and truly artificially intelligent assistance, the most likely future for mobile apps is something that we cannot even yet imagine. As phones get better, as people continue to grow and innovate new ideas with the new technologies that are emerging, smartphones are sure to be an ever more important companion in the 21st century and beyond.

Where Do I Put My Electronic Waste?

Electronic wasteDid you know that your obsolete and conked out electronics constitute the world’s fastest-growing source of waste? That’s right. As a matter of fact, the United States generates most of the world’s electronic waste. One would think that your old television set or outdated iPad is harmless. Truth be told, wastes like these contain toxic substances, such as lead and mercury, which are deleterious both to us and the environment. If that’s the case, where do I put my electronic waste?

Where Do I Put My Electronic Waste?

Remember that electronics can’t be tossed out in an ordinary landfill. The best thing you can do in removing commercial and electrical waste products is to recycle them. You can also send them to facilities that reprocess old and worn out electronics. Better yet, you can donate your unwanted electronics if they still work.

According to government data, Americans toss 100 million cell phone units, 41.1 million desktops and laptops, and 20 million tv sets each year. Sadly, only 13 percent of electronic wastes are disposed properly and/or recycled. What’s more alarming is that this number will shoot up by 500 percent in 10 years.

Greenpeace said that electronic waste are disposed in four ways: either through a landfill, by incineration, reusing and recycling, and exportation. In the United States and many progressive countries, laws were passed and guidelines were introduced to prevent electronic waste from being unloaded in landfills. But in least developed countries and in some places, like Hong Kong, discarded electronics are sent to landfill sites.

It has also been a practice to incinerate electronic waste. While this is ideal since it does not require much space, incineration is still a big no as heavy metals are discharged into the atmosphere. It poses deleterious effects not only to the environment, but also to some of our food sources. When released into the atmosphere, fishes and other marine creatures can bioaccumulate the heavy metals.

Electronic wastes are also exported to developing countries, either to be reused or dumped. In 2005, 18 seaports in Europe were inspected and found to illegally ship discarded electronics. While in the United Kingdom, Greenpeace reported that 23,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste were exported to India, Africa and East Asia. This is also practiced in the United States, but is considered legal as the country did not sign the Basel Convention.

So before you put your electronic waste in the bin, think about where it is going and its would-be effects if not disposed properly.

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Sparkies All Charged Up Over Current

Sometime in our life, we kind of take electricity for granted. This being said, electricity is an important element of our day-to-day routine. It keeps our food cold or warm, gives life to our electronic gadgets, and even maintain the temperature inside our house. When there’s something wrong with the load of our current, we seek the help of electricians.

As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than half a million electricians in the United States. They risk their lives in ensuring our safety. In terms of remuneration, top electricians, who are good at their job, bring in as much as $67,000 each year. Their rates and servicing depend on their experience and expertise.

Electricity is a two-edged sword. It can be helpful and dangerous as well. But what makes electricians charged up over wires and currents? Let us explore the world of electricians.

Sparkies All Charged Up Over Current

Working as an electrician is a great and fulfilling job. There are days where you will be doing an array of tasks, while on some days, you will feel overpaid wiring some panels or sitting in your shop. The future of their career is bright, too. According to the BLS, there will be a 20 percent surge in demand of electricians until 2022. Although some governments are gearing towards renewable energy sources, electricians will still be needed in installing panels and wiring some electrical cables.

There are numerous reasons why anyone would pursue a career as an electrician. One of which is the active and thrilling experience that this line of work can give. If you don’t like spending the rest of your life working in a confined office space in front of your desk, then this career is meant for you. Electricians get to work in different environments and work using their bare hands. Those who like puzzles and challenges will definitely enjoy working day and night as an electrician. When at work, they do some problem solving while laying out plans on how to solve complex issues. Moreover, this job gives you an opportunity to be your own boss. You can start your own empire and manage your own business!

Current Trends Firing Devices

We live in a world full of electronic gadgets and devices. They may be small and slimline, but they are still fired by an electric current. Batteries are big business too, with new lithium batteries transforming industries left, right and centre. The electrical engineer, the computer engineer and designers are in the spotlight, as we salivate over the new IPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. Funny that Apple and Samsung seem to be keeping pace with each other in the model number stakes. Having the latest model seems to be the main aspiration that many adults and children have in their lives right now.

Current Trends Firing Devices

We are all plug mad, plugging our devices into sockets in walls, cars and anywhere else that will accept our pronged friends. You see people walking down the street whilst simultaneously staring into a small screen held in their hands. An alien visiting our cities would think these people bewitched by these glowing objects and that their souls had been captured by them. The alien might consider that these humans are being controlled by machines or by one super power beaming images and messages to them constantly. The alien would be right.

Strangely, few of us question the thrall that these devices have us all in. We are still herd animals, being electronically herded in particular directions by disembodied voices. Flickering pixels and bytes of data are our new bread and butter, our new meat and potatoes. They feature largely on our menus and we pay unquestioningly for the pleasure. Who are the masters then? The makers of these machines. They are technicians in the pay of moguls or by boards of corporate directors. Are these so called captains of commerce and industry our masters? Do they pull the strings to our puppet like existences?

Or, is it an unconscious trend, invisible memes that inhabit our brain waves and which cause our fascination with screens of every size and dimension. With the buzz of electricity and the batteries that store this charge. We are spell bound by images of ourselves on screens. Facebooks and blogs, Twitterverses and Instagrams, Googlespheres and whatever is the next digital megatrend. Current trends firing devices are dependent upon the body electric; and the matrix is powered by positive and negative forces surging through wires and synapses. Electricity and electrical inventions fascinate our brethren. To hold that mobile or cell phone in your hand and gaze into its welcoming screen is our benediction and our prayer.



Marketing Things that Blink, Whistle & Flash: Electronic Products

Sharing promotional products to your target audience is still a very much common practice. Companies and business owners make use of this particular marketing approach on a regular basis helping pique the interest of their customers. Just about any type of products or services can be marketed by sharing promotional items. Let us look at how one can promote the likes of electronic products to their potential customer base, through things like printed stationary and the likes.

As mentioned earlier, companies today keep their hands full in finding different avenues in promoting their business. Promotion is important for businesses simple because it provides a great number of benefits. It contributes in increasing brand awareness, it provides appropriate information, it increases customer traffic and finally it helps build sales and profits. This is the reason why both newcomers and veterans in the business industry.

Before you start sharing these items, It should be noted that there are different types of promotional items and each is tailor-made to suit specific must have of a particular organization. This means that as an organization owner, the type of advertising product that you go for will by and large be determined by the kind of industry that you run. Some promotional merchandises will work better in selling your enterprise than others.

For that matter, it is relatively important to choose the most effective promotional products for your business. In order to be able to be effective in advertising your company or your brand, a promotional product must be useful to the recipient. A useful promotional product means that the recipient will want to keep it and use it. Another to note is that the promotional product you give away should represent your company well which means that you have to share items that are of high quality.

So how does stationery items fare as a promotional item in the present? Well it turns out, stationeries are still very much popular to a huge number of individuals. In fact, reports have been heard of a popular stationery store creating eight new jobs in Colchester. Smiggle which is a store claiming to be Australia’s most fun and colourful stationery retailer is set to open in Colchester town centre, creating eight jobs. The branch will be Smiggle’s 82nd store and will feature a treasure trove of quirky products with the company’s branding based on bold colour and graphics.

As a you can see, stationery products are still pretty common and is used on a regular basis. Of course, finding the item to use is not the end of the journey. You will also need to know how to make promotional items yourself. With the help of modern technology, companies today are able to website’s design tools to upload their company logo onto their selected product. Once the image is loaded, they can view the image on the product. After that you can add your company name under the logo using the text option. Furthermore, don’t forget to select a text color that matches your company logo.

There is indeed plenty of ways in promoting your business. If you are looking for one, you may want to start sharing promotional items with them today. Consider the tips listed below with the electronic products you have.


How Electronics Transformed the Track

Recent news reports show that there are an increasing number of jockeys using electronic devices on horses. It is illegal in all horse racing competitions to use electric shock gadgets. However, these so-called “buzzers” still make their way inside the track. According to the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), these devices stimulate the horses, making them run faster.

Despite this upsetting news, not all electronic devices and equipment involved in horse racing are used in awful ways. Some of them have, in fact, developed the horse racing competitions that we know today. For instance, we can now make bets via the Internet or through online bookmakers. If you want to try your luck, you can click here to check the site out.

  • Gambling

As mentioned earlier, the technology has streamlined and organized the sports betting industry. To simply put it, gambling was transformed through technology, as it has been through the ages.

Betting on line on horse racing events has certain merits. Aside from the convenience it presents to punters, it is safe and easy to do. You can also get the best possible odds on each race. Moreover, certain betting sites do offer bonuses, rewards and rebates, especially to loyal customers and first-time punters.

Electric Gates

The Los Angeles Time reported that today’s electrical gates started the modernization and changes in horse racing. Because of these gates, every horse race tournament we know had a fair and clear start.

Clay Puett invented the electrical starting gates used in horse racing. Today’s electric gates used in almost all parts of the world are based on the designs of Puett’s gates. To date, his company supplies electrical starting gates to more than fifty percent of key race horse tracks in the United States and Canada.

  • Sensors

Sensors present in saddle cloth of horses digitized racehorse competitions. These devices collate real-time data about the race. The information collected will be transformed into graphics. These give details which of the horses is leading the race. 

The tracker works through the RF tag embedded in the saddle cloth. Antennas and transmitters in and around the track save the data collected by the sensors. Trakus introduced this technological brilliance in the market. The company have tracked at least 80,000 racehorse events in Australia, Abu Dhabi and other parts of the world.