Reasons why Google Glass can lead to dangerous driving conditions

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Over the past year, there has been a lot of hype surrounding Google’s up and coming “Google Glass” product. Currently not slated to hit the consumer market until 2014, for the last several months, approximately 10,000 “explorers” have been beta testing the gadget. As these thousands of people are using Glass daily, this has led to concerns over privacy and safety.

In California during October 2013, one of the “explorers” was driving while wearing the glasses and was pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion of driving 80 mph in a 65-mph zone. She received a citation for speeding, along with one for driving while a video or TV screen was on. The woman is currently pleading not guilty, but the citation has pushed safety issues associated with Glass back in to the spotlight.

What is Google Glass?

Google Glass is a wearable device, completely hands-free, that allows people to conduct tasks they would do with a smartphone, computer or other gadget and beyond. For instance, it allows users to conduct Internet searches, share their “view”, find directions or take pictures and video to name a few. Many tasks are voice activated.

Google Glass and driving dangers

Whether or not Google Glass is dangerous is currently a hot button issue. Many consumers are excited over the product’s reach into the market and emphasize the “hands free” aspect of wearing it, removing attention away from distracted driving with smartphones. But others are extremely concerned over the consequences of introducing such a technology. Opponents to driving while wearing Glass point out distracted driving and obstruction of vision as primary concerns.

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For instance, iDigital Times points out the American Automobile Association (AAA) noted taking even just one photo can lead a person’s eyes off the road for two seconds and nearly two basketball courts. This preoccupation and attention drawn could have an impact on depth perception, leading to a perilous situation. Sean Hollister, at the Verge, used the word “dangerous” as he noted obstructed vision and distraction when he tried out the device while driving, reported SlashDot.

Another potential problem is the brain being engaged elsewhere. So even if eyes are directly fixed on the road, the mind could potentially “drift” and not really accurately see what’s happening on the roadway.

Laws regarding Google Glass

To date, lawmakers in at least three states are seeking to ban the use of Google Glass while driving. In Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia, laws have already been introduced or older laws sought to be revised to include current technologies. At this time, it is not clear if others will follow suit.

Google Support does emphasize on its website Glass wearers should obey local laws and pay careful attention to the road while biking or driving.

Earlier this year, the New York Times discussed several of the issues associated with Glass. While Google is trying to address both a hands-free and eyes-free solution, there are a lot of kinks to work out before it truly does what has been envisioned. As NYT noted, Glass can allow people to do amazing things, but it cannot “abolish the limits” on a person’s ability to manage diverted attention.

An overview of car seat regulations in the United Kingdom

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While cars are safer than ever thanks to constant development from manufacturers, there are still dangers to be negotiated on the road.

car seat

For children, being in a car seat which is properly fitted and appropriate for their age and height is in integral part of being safe while travelling. It will support their back, neck and head in the event of a collision and keep them as secure as possible. A car seat also makes them more comfortable.

In the United Kingdom, regulations for choosing a car seat are based on a child’s weight, although many people (37%) believe they’re based on age*.

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In actual fact the seat needs to be appropriate for the child’s weight because if they are too small and light for a chair it might not hold them in place during a crash. Weight tends to correspond roughly to age, but obviously children grow at different rates so this needs to be accounted for when buying a seat.

Kid in car

In the UK children are required to have some sort of restraint until they reach 36kg, or 79lb. This is usually around 11 or 12 years old. By this point, the restraint is a booster cushion as opposed to a full seat, which ensures that the seat belt holds them in the right place.

For smaller children, the guidelines are a little more involved.

New born babies up to 13kg need to be in a backwards facing seat (Group 0 or 0+). This is because their spine is still quite weak, and in the event of a collision from behind their neck won’t suffer the same impact as it would if they were forward facing. These seats also have a 5 point harness to keep the baby in place.

choosing a car seat

After this the child can start to face forwards. Up to 18 kg (around 4 years old), they need to be in a Group 1 seat which still used a 5 point harness rather than the car’s standard 3 point seat belt. It will also have an adjustable headrest which supports them as they grow.

Once a child reaches 18kg they can start using a Group 2 seat, which is still a full seat still has an adjustable head rest but allows them to graduate to the car’s built in 3 point seatbelt, which goes all the way around the child and the seat.

Group 3 is the final stage, designed for bigger children who simply need extra height to wear the seat belt, and not the support of a full seat and headrest. Children can move into these seats at around 22kg, usually around 6 years old.

It is important that you buy the right seat for your child, but also that it is fitted properly. It is estimated that around half of car seats are not installed correctly, but 78% of parents think that theirs is fitted correctly*. Buying a car seat new can help, because you can be sure it will come with the correct instructions for installation. You can also get assistance from specialists in stores that sell the seats, who can either fit it for you or check that you’ve done it correctly. It is important that if you swap the seat between cars you take the time to make sure it’s secure and properly fitted every time.

For more information on regulations visit the UK Government site.

Tips to keep the 18650 batteries for a long lifespan

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Alongside choosing the best 18650 batteries for your devices, you need to consider how to preserve them to prolong their life as well as maintain high capacity rating.

18650 battery

I myself used to get confused of this matter, so after several months using this kind, I will share all my experience through this article.

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Tips to keep the 18650 batteries for a long lifespan

Just the same with the other kinds of battery, the life circle of 18650 batteries is due to the way you take in use and charge them. So, here are a few essential factors which you need to know to prolong 18650 batteries’ life:

1. How to charge:

The slower the batteries are charged the longer life circle they will have. While using, keep an eye on the capacity until it is less than 50 percent to recharge them at the time.

While charging, concern to their temperature and do not let it climb so highly because your batteries will be shorten their lives as well as decrease the capacity rating.

Remember to charge batteries slow enough to get warm gradually and avoid choosing the fast charger.

2. Additional devices enclosed to preserve 18650 batteries:

Charger:

It is better that you can choose to buy a smart charger. This is really worthy to invest. While many popular kinds of battery such as AA, AAA, C, and Dare rechargeable and single-use, there chargeable li-ion batteries suggest for their particular charger to fit with their shape because of the 18mm designation from 65mm dimension length.

However, this charger is not very difficult to look for and you can easily get one from any brick-and-mortar retailers or online shops.

Circuit resistant:

This additional device is often suggested by many manufacturers to save the circuits of battery to suit with multiple-cell purposes of use.

Circuit resistant basically extras 2 mm to 3 mm to the length of battery’s cell, and you ought to examine whether the cell matches perfectly with the device or not.

Besides, you ought to recharge circuit resistant cells with the charger made for 18650 batteries.

What happens if the 18650 batteries are preserved wrongly?

Of course, nothing is good if you do something wrong on them, not except 18650 batteries. If you preserve them in the wrong way, it will make the loss of performance as well as the leaky or even rusty cell, which leads to the result of unable to use any longer. It means that you have just thrown your money through the window.

In the other side, wrong preservation will not just waste your money but also causes many dangerous cases such as explosion, I am not clear the reason why that happens sometimes but it absolutely does, maybe according to static pressure, wrapping incorrectly (contain metal things or allow batteries to touch them) or temperature.

Notes:

  • If you intend to store in short time, remember not to place them in a pocket or a bag together with metal things for examples: keys, coins, screws or necklaces.
  • Place the battery away from its application if you would like to store it. For instance, put it away from flashlight, electric bike, so forth and so on. Besides, do not forget to optimally store them in an anti – fire container.
  • From that point, avoid storing 18650 batteries too close to theapplianceswhichare able tomake a static electric charge.
  • Avoid using quick charger for 18650 batteries deftly lest it can cause malfunction

In summary

To keep your 18650s have a long life and high capacity rating, on the one side you need to store them in right way and on the other the batteries must be charged correctly.

Hope that my experience will help you much!