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Smart speed cameras

Speed cameras that can only be set to detect one speed, which is fine for fixed speed limit areas like 30 miles an hour, but doesn’t really work for national speed limit zones. In national speed limit zones cars can drive at up to 60 miles an hour but lorries are supposed to drive at 50 miles an hour. This means that lorries could break the speed limit without the cameras being able to detect it.

A smart speed camera could scan the approaching vehicle and know what speed it should be going based on the size of it’s profile.

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Safe Driving App Idea

This app would have four main aspects:

1. Sat nav
Pretty standard functionality but essential for getting users to put their phone into windscreen holder and open the app.

2. Looped video recording
Lots of drivers are using in-car cameras to record what’s going on in front of them so they’ll have evidence if they have an accident. This app would make use of the phone’s camera to record short videos that loop so erasing the previous recording unless you press a button to save the video.

3. Braking distance warning
Since the app is already using the camera and the GPS it could also use both to detect the vehicle in front, measure the distance between the two, and calculate the stopping distance at that speed. It would then alert the driver if they are getting too close and not leaving themselves enough safe braking distance.

4. Driving efficiency reports
Since the app is collecting data about the driving it may as well show the driver with a simple dashboard with things like top speed, average speed, etc., and more interestingly driving efficiency by calculating all the accelerating and braking and providing a score that encourages more efficient driving next time.

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Times have changed

It used to be that you had device that told you the time (a watch) and it was up to you to know what you were supposed to be doing at that time. But now our devices notify us of what we are supposed to be doing and when. We’ve skipped over needing to know the time and taken away the need to remember what we’re doing.

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Sgydau Sychryd

Sgydau Sychryd
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A day without Diet Coke? Challenge accepted

I drink a lot of Diet Coke. Eight to ten cans a day. But I’ve always said that it isn’t an addiction, so when a friend challenged me to go an entire day without Diet Coke, I said, ‘Easy. Challenge accepted’.

And it was easy. I didn’t miss it at all, hardly thought about it, and drank water instead. The only slight difference I noticed was feeling a bit more tired towards the end of the day as my caffeine levels dropped.

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Delaying gratification to increase productivity

You’ve got a list of projects to work on or tasks to complete. How do decide which to do first? You could use an important/urgent matrix to help you prioritise the tasks but there is a flaw with this kind of approach; it assumes that all tasks are equal. But they aren’t. Some of these tasks you are looking forward to, some you are dreading. Some you’ll enjoy, others will be a chore. Some will be exciting, others boring.

You can get more tasks complete if you understand your tendencies to procrastinate, to avoid the difficult tasks, and to convince yourself that you really should do the things that you’ll enjoy most first. Delaying the gratification you get from doing the fun things first by completing some of the tasks are aren’t looking forward to, and then using the fun/interesting/exciting tasks as rewards means that not only do you get more tasks done but you also get the things you don’t want to do done.

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Credit becomes credibility

With a tight deadline looming a colleague and I worked on a high dependency task and got it done on time. Someone else then sent the email to inform everyone else and implicitly claim the credit. My colleague said it didn’t matter who gets the credit, getting the work done is what matters. And if it was an isolated project with no future then I’d agree, but in corporate life credit becomes credibility. Getting things done creates a reputation for getting things done. And the reputation that a person and/or team carries within an organisation greatly affects who wants to work with the person, and how they work with them, so it in turn affects the success of the team. Credit isn’t about ego, it’s corporate currency that should be earned, invested in, and spent appropriately for the greater good of the team.

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People are the biggest flaw in any security

Having spent a lot of money on penetration testing to ensure the new website is secure, the tester then sent the report with some results from a different customers test. People are always the biggest flaw in any security, even people who are supposed to know a thing or two about security.

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ATBA-UK Team Meeting

We had our first team meeting of the season to discuss things like insurance, the competition and instructor training. It was a really good meeting with lots of energy, ideas, discussion, and some good decisions being made.

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Out for a run in my MyMarathon T-Shirt 

Out for a run in my MyMarathon T-Shirt
Out for a run in my MyMarathon T-Shirt