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Should the UK police allow people to ride self-balancing scooters in public?

The United Kingdom police force has been anything but friendly towards those that would love nothing more than to ride self-balancing scooters in public.

uk-policeIn a number of different municipalities, these self balancing scooters have been outlawed completely, while in most others the use has been considerably restricted to only a handful of public places. People are still encouraged to own and operate self balancing scooters on their own private property, but a big part of the utility that this amazing technology has to offer only comes into play when you see it out in action amongst the population. So if your child wants to buy one of these new toys, be sure to read reviews to find the best self balancing scooter at sites like ChooseWheels.com.

Here are just a couple of reasons why the UK police should reconsider allowing people to ride self balancing scooters in public!

Self-balancing scooters speed up an urban commute

There can be no denying the fact that self balancing scooters (even the slowest of the bunch) considerably speed up urban commutes – sometimes by as much as two or three times.

In a world that is getting faster and faster paced on a daily basis, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that people can get to and from work ASAP – especially those in urban areas that are going to be forced to walk.

With self balancing scooters under their feet, they are going to be able to glide to work two or three times faster than they would have been able to otherwise, dramatically cutting down on their commute.

Self-balancing scooters cut down on auto traffic significantly

The more people that shift to self balancing scooters, the more that are going to abandon taking their automobile out on their daily commute – and that’s good news for everyone!

Self balancing scooters are miniature propelled vehicles, so those that would otherwise ignore the chance to walk to their commute are going to have the opportunity to do so with the help of a scooter, and that means that the car is going to stay in the garage.

Less traffic on the roads, less pollution being pumped into the atmosphere, and less opportunity for accidents are all big advantages that encouraging more self balancing scooters out in public would bring to the table.

At the end of the day, it’s going to take a cultural shift for the people in charge of the UK police to realize the many advantages that these kinds of scooters have to offer. Hopefully we’ll start to see that change in the coming years, and that people will be to take advantage of all this technology provides.

A guide to electronic music festivals in the UK

music festival ukElectronic music is arguably the most popular genre in the UK right now, the charts are full of it and the festivals are too. It’s easy to see why with the top DJs pumping out the tunes with their sophisticated DJ gear and speakers. Keep reading for your guide to electronic music festivals in the UK.

Creamfields

Creamfields is probably the biggest electronic festival in the UK right now. Year after year it pulls the biggest acts in the business and manages to get festival goers to part with over £200 for a weekend ticket. But don’t be put off by the price, because the experience is definitely worth it. Because of the wide appeal of this festival, it can definitely be considered to running directly in the middle of the mainstream, so if you like something a little more alternative then this probably isn’t for you. It’s located in Daresbury in Cheshire and is held annually on the August bank holiday weekend. The views are beautiful, the atmosphere is electric and the music is loud, you couldn’t ask for much more really.

SW4

SW4 is a brand new addition to the annual festival calendar yet it has already managed to garner a huge following of electronic music lovers. Set slap bang in the middle of the hipster scene in Clapham Common it’s the only place to be for the young dance music lovers. The festival runs for two days and incorporates sets from some of the most recognisable and respected electronic acts in the music industry. 2015 saw the stage being graced by Faithless, Skrillex and Fat Boy Slim.

Brownstock

Brownstock is the festival of choice for those more mellow electronic music fans. It has previously been shortlisted for the UK’s Best Small Festival award. It’s located on Morris Farm in Essex, and despite its tiny size it has still managed to attract some huge electronic acts such as Basement Jaxx and Sub Focus. It’s the perfect combination of small festival atmosphere and big festival music.

We Are FSTVL

In summer 2015 We Are FSTVL managed to bag the lights of huge EDM acts such as Steve Angello, Knife party and Gorgon City. It’s located in Upminster and actually received the award for the best medium festival in the UK. It’s perfect for those people that want to experience the thrills of a festival atmosphere but aren’t so keen on getting mudding in the campsite. It’s only going to get bigger and better in the coming years so it’s definitely worth checking out.

A Guide to Quadcopter and Drone Events in the U.K.

drones-eventsFor good or for worse, we have entered the age of the personal drone. There are now thousands of drone and quadcopter enthusiasts buying kit, making mods, and heading out to fly these fascinating robotic creatures in UK skies. It is something which a lot of people continue to feel very anxious about, but this apprehension comes from a lack of knowledge. Seeing some of the best quadcopters and drones flying in the sky is a thing of beauty, just read some of the reviews to understand them.

If you get your information about drones from the Sunday papers, you could be forgiven for disagreeing with their use, because the media is still catching up with the technology. There are some very stringent regulations governing the way in quadcopters and other personal drones can be flown these days, but this is rarely discussed – as if the fact that there is a thriving and vibrant drone and quadcopter scene in the UK right now.

It is an open and welcoming community, made up of people who love aerial photography, people who are interested in the future use of personal drones, people who adore flying miniature models and helicopters, and people who just think the technology is really cool. You would be surprised at how lively the UK drone and quadcopter scene has become over the last few years and how many amazing events are held across the country.

This handy guide to some of the best upcoming drone and quadcopter events in the UK should give you some idea of where to start, if you are new to the scene – and where your next big date falls, if you are already a bit of an expert.

Bring Your Own Drone Networking Event – 18th September 2015

This friendly and informal networking event is designed to build on the work of the Project Daedalus Toolkit (an online platform which merges drone technology and art). It will gather together scholars, artists, tech specialists, and enthusiasts, in order to bring together hobbyists with the people who design and develop this tiny machines. There will be a number of guest speakers, an opportunity for networking, and a chance to take your drone to the skies in the wonderful Grizedale Forest.

Location: Grizedale, Cumbria

Drone Hack 2.0 – 19th September 2015

Now, a drone event for the real tech obsessives. On 19th of September, the University of Central Lancashire Civic Drone Centre is holding its second hackathon. It is inviting keen flying and engineering enthusiasts to create a UAV which could be utilized in a disaster zone. They will be provided with all of the materials needed to do this – including state of the art 3D printers – as well as the help and expertise of an in house team of coders and UVA pilots. At the end of the day, all of the UAVs created will square off in competition for the Golden Drone prize.

Location: University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Hot Topic Seminar: Drones and Modern Warfare – 25th November 2015

This is a key event for anybody who is interested in the military use of drones. The seminar will feature guest appearances from speakers Dr. Peter Lee and Chris Woods. The latter is a widely published investigative journalist, known for his exploration of covert drone strikes and their consequences. The two speakers will, together, address some of the moral and political issues provoked by UK drone operations over the last five years. This is a serious and sensitive event, but one which promises that you will leave feeling a little more insightful.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Dronetech Mixer: Networking for UAV and Aerial Photography Fans – 26th November 2015

This dronetech mixer is a relaxed and informal meeting of UAV/drone specialists and tech experts, end users, and aerial photography enthusiasts. It is also a good opportunity for business owners to learn a little more about how drones could change the future of commerce and delivery. This is a very casual event, so there is no obligation to take part in anything specific – just enjoy the food and drink and get chatting about the next big step for drones.

Location: Harbourside, Bristol

UK Drone Show 2015 – 5th December 2015

This will be the first ever major consumer drone event to take place in the UK, so if you are crazy about quadcopters, do not miss out on this one. It will be held at the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham, and will showcase the latest in aerial and terrestrial done technologies. There will be flying and manufacturing demonstrations, as well as a number of talks on drone safety, drone regulations, and drone development. It is hoped that this will be the first of many, so get yourself down to the first event to experience a little bit of history in the making.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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