Magnification Explained

magnificationOur eyes are designed to allow us to see the things around us and even things that are a good distance away from us can be seen. However, this does not always mean that our eyes can see details of an object that is farther away from us, even if you have perfect vision. You may not see a small item and even those with the best eyesight have times when eventually everything gets a little distorted. That is why magnification is a beautiful thing for pretty much everyone, especially hunters who may want to take aim at something a couple hundred yards away.

How Do Binoculars Work?

When you are sitting in the middle of your living room looking out your window or outside in the woods trying to see over long distances, your vision can seem a little lacking. There are details that you cannot see accurately when the object is further away from you. Even an object that is 10ft away will have less detail than one that is 5ft from you. Binoculars, monoculars, and scopes, change this by bringing that object, that is, “over there”, closer to you. For instance, an object or animal that is 100ft away can become larger, clearer, and more detailed than if you were trying to use the naked eye to see it.

What Your Eyes Actually See

Binoculars and even rifle scopes are all similar. They provide you with the ability to see things at a distance. How does it work? There is some science behind creating a perfect pair of binoculars or why one scope may be considered the best scope for 308 and others may come up short. They use lighting and other things to enhance things and make them clearer.

To help you understand, think about light. When light hits a solid object, it stops, creating a shadow. When light hits a clear item, such as glass or water, it bends a little, but shines through. That particular effect is called, “refraction”. Refraction is the key to a great set of binoculars, monoculars, scopes, and even telescopes. You may not see the refraction happen, but your eyes are immediately able to see further away.

The Science Behind Magnification

BinocularsIf you look at a glass of water, you may at first feel that it is flat at the top of the water. However, closer inspection will prove that there is actually a very slight curve to the water. This slight curvature is called the “meniscus”. When you take that glass of water and put it on a newspaper and look down into the glass, everything you see will look about the same because it is still in essence, straight. If you could then make that slight meniscus larger so that you could look at it from the side, the newspaper would become distorted, but larger. A scope or a binocular set uses that effect. It is done using various shapes of lenses; one being a convex lens that bends light toward the middle and the other is a concave lens that curves in the opposite way. Both are slightly dome-shaped and the effect it creates makes light rays spread out.

The problem is, once the light is bent through the dome lenses it basically makes you see things upside down. This is where prisms are handy, especially with binoculars and telescopes. Rifle scopes combat this by using other lenses and various adjustments. The best scopes provide clear images without any distortion that your eyes can see.

Technology Behind Smart Boards

MotherBoardIn recent times, a new toy has become very popular amid both children and adjusts. It is also known as a personal transportation device since it can carry people several miles on a single charge at double the speed of walking. It is great for the environment and perfect for people who are going to work or running a few small errands. People love how easy it is on their back and their legs. They enjoy knowing that they can get to where they want to go without having to load up in the car and drive there. However, it is the technology behind smart boards that truly captures the fascination of most people.

Technology Behind Smart Boards

There is a lot of technology that goes into a single wheel scooter, even if their design is sleek looking, but simple. Often, they are a single wheel with two pedals or pads for people to stand on. The wheel is rather large if you choose the single wheeled type. To move it, you simply turn it on, but most are turned on when you put weight on both pedals. From there, you simply have to lean in one direction or the other to go forward and backward and you turn corners by applying more pressure with one foot. If it wasn’t for technology, you wouldn’t be able to get very far on these pedals and their wheel. Technology makes it all possible and then you put it to work for yourself.Gyroscope

How They Work

One of the biggest reasons you have a foldable electric scooter to ride on is because more than 270 years ago a man, named John Seson, invented a device that we now know as the gyroscope. This device made it possible to help us understand how to keep a consistent level of balance, even when it means battling against gravity. It is what enables these smart boards to be self-balancing. They always stay upright, no matter what terrain you are on, whether you are climbing hills or going down them, and all other things.

Are They Computerized?

Motherboard2The smartboard itself is not necessarily computerized. The gyroscope takes care of most things so that computers are not needed. However, many boards do have wiring in them that may be computerized slightly. For instance, some of the newer smart boards have wireless radios in them. This could not be possible if there were not some type of computer inside of it. These boards also have lights that work when they are in motion and lights that may light up when your battery is fully charged or getting low.
With or without computers, the technology behind smart boards has been in the works for many years. All of our computers would not do us any good if it had not been for the invention of a simple, yet complicated, device that we know as the gyroscope. Aren’t you glad that you do not have to wonder what life would be like if you did not ever have the ability to use your smart board again?

Software behind Creating A Smart Home

Software behind Creating A Smart Home

SmartHome-300x233Home automation is not a newer concept, but now it is becoming easier to do. There are a variety of software and smart phone apps available for helping you turn any home into a smart home. All it takes is the right program and the right devices. Are you ready to learn more about the software behind creating a smart home?

Thermostat Options

In the past, people have had access to traditional thermostats that were controlled by adjusting the dial. Then, you had slightly more complicated programmable thermostats that you could easily set up to come on and shut off at certain times of the day. Both of these options were good, but neither of them were excellent. Neither of them work as well as people want in the new technology age where everything works via Wi-Fi and smart phones.SmartThermostat-300x277

Today, things are changing. Wi-Fi thermostats hook to your home network and then give you access to controlling it via your computer or smart phone. The first step is to figure out what thermostat you need to install and often the new thermostat will come with the software it needs for you to install. If you already have the wireless thermostat, one app that works both for Android devices and iPhones is the Nest app. You do need to ensure that you have nest products in your home for it to connect to your nest applications.

Controlling Your Lights

SmartLights-300x300If you want to control your home lighting via your smart phone or a computer, the first thing you need to do is have plug ins installed or at the very least, dimmer switches that are designed to be controllable. If you look into a home automation kit, you will get everything you need to get started. There are apps for both Apple and Android as well as windows based computers. They are easy to install and use. Can you imagine controlling your home’s lights from work?

Other Smart Home Options

Through home automation you can control virtually every aspect of your home, even when you are on vacation. Using an old smart phone or tablet, you can turn it into a security camera for your home which is motion activated. The software you need for the IOS is Manythings. Android applications include Salient Eye. There are baby monitors that can be set up using an old tablet or smart phone as well.

If you are going on vacation for an extended period of time and you want to make it appear you are home, you can open and close blinds or curtains using software applications combined with the right equipment. This is also a good time to have the lights come on with a touch of your smart phone. If you can hook up an old cell phone to a landline phone it can work as a smoke detector and send out an alert without you having to invest a fortune in home security.What would you enjoy most about a smart home where you can change out the plug your coffee pot is hooked into and have it come on when you wake up before the coffee pot is set to start, by simply grabbing your phone? It is possible. With smart phones, smart lighting, and various software, anything at all is possible in your home.

Most Used Anti-Virus Program

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Is the Smart Watch Worth It?

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Why People Love Popcorn Time

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What Is the Best Security System for 2015?

ADTIn the world we live in, you can never be too careful. There are a lot of things going on. Low income makes people more likely to steal and this is a constant problem in many areas. However, you cannot base your entire life on watching over your shoulder waiting for someone to do you wrong. Therefore, many people simply choose to protect themselves by using home security. It is a good thing that home security is something that is easier to get now than ever before. There are so many systems so many providers out there offering home security, it is hard to know which one to choose. Below, you will find out what the best security system for 2015 is. Continue reading

The Best Password Manager

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3D Printers Explained

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The Latest Drones

minidrone-300x250Can you imagine being able to send your robot, or drone, into the world and see everything through videos and pictures that it will take? This in essence means that you could scope out the landscape around your home from overhead. A farmer could check to see how his field is doing, without ever leaving his home. The unique overhead images could give him a heads up on what areas are not getting enough water or fertilizer. In the business world, deliveries of items could be made easier and companies could find out valuable information about their products, especially in situations where they have hazardous areas. Continue reading