‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a remote controlled drone and a hipster on a hoverboard.
Yes Christmas is almost upon us and new tech is going to be sitting under many a Christmas tree.
Two such items are ones that have been causing a lot of controversy this year, namely Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) more commonly known as drones, and the “Hoverboard” (which does not actually hover).
Are you hoping to find one of these items in your stocking this year? If so then maybe it would be worth considering this first.
We all wanted to fly our own planes when we were a kid, but now that possibility is here courtesy of the drone. Fun as they may be they can be fairly dangerous, as numerous videos doing the rounds on YouTube will attest to. The increasing popularity of these “toys” has lead to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) warning that over 1 million will be bought as presents this Xmas leading to them introducing registration laws to help them keep track of these mini flying machines.
The hoverboard is a two wheeled machine much like the Segway which was very popular for 5 minutes a few years ago, but without the stabilizing handle bars. Why this feature is not present on these new devices is anyone’s guess, as they seem to be incredibly unsafe, not just because they are likely to chuck you under an oncoming bus at the drop of a hat, but also because the use of cheap lithium batteries has caused a spate of fires. In attempts to keep costs down manufacturers have been using cheap substandard parts manufactured in china, which, when you consider that the hoverboard is a vehicle words you don’t really want to hear are “cheap” and “substandard”.
So if your invading international airspace, or ramming up curbs on a flaming plank remember, this Xmas, be safe…