Are hoverboards finally a reality with self-balancing scooters?

Outtop Two WheelsEver since Marty McFly got his hands on a hoverboard in ‘Back to the Future’ people have been desperately waiting for this futuristic dream to become a reality. Earlier this year a product stormed the market which claimed to have finally realised this dream. The self-balancing scooter is a hybrid of the Segway and a traditional skateboard that is battery powered and works by responding the user’s instructions by recognising their balance. The product itself does look extremely similar to the hoverboard seen in the cult movie. However, there is one key difference, the real life ‘hoverboard’ has wheels! Surely that alone shows that it’s not actually a hoverboard at all because it uses wheels to roll across the floor, but many users would disagree.

Are self-balancing scooters hoverboards?

Pretty much as soon as the self-balancing scooters came on to the market people were renaming them as hoverboards as this trend has not stated within the realms of the general public as many celebrity users have also picked up on the name. One of the main reasons that they are considered to be hoverboards is obviously to do with how the products look, as they look almost identical to the hoverboard seen in ‘Back to the Future’ only with wheels added. Another reason is to do with the feel of the scooters. Although the scooter itself is technically touching the floor, the rider isn’t. By standing on the top of the scooter the rider will get the feeling of hovering above the ground as they are moving along. So even though, the scooter is technically rolling, the idea that it hovers is demonstrated by how it feels to ride it.

However, it is important to look at the technical aspects of the scooter as well as the way it feels to ride. The pure facts of the matter are that because the scooter works using wheels that roll across the floor it doesn’t actually hover at all and therefore shouldn’t be considered a hoverboard. Even the best self balancing scooters don’t quite live up to it but if you are wanting to purchase one then you should read some reviews first.

Will hoverboards ever be a reality?

As much as self-balancing scooters may give the illusion of a hoverboard experience, they are still technically not hoverboards. So will there ever be an opportunity to fully float above the ground? Apparently there might be. A technology company is rumoured to have created a real life hoverboard which will be available to purchase in the next couple of years. The innovative design uses magnetic technology which means that it can only be used on top of a pre-prepared metal surface. The cost of doing this as well as the cost of the hoverboard itself which is thought to be an eye watering $10,000 dollars will definitely set you back a few bob. However, if you’ve got the cash it might be worth it to get the real ‘Back to the Future Experience’. However, for now we can content ourselves with the knowledge that we have something that is almost as good as the real thing. The induction of the self-balancing scooter was a surprise for most general consumers, as that sort of technology was thought to be pretty far off. There is no denying that it is hugely exciting and fun, and the fact that it has been given to the masses in the same year as Mr McFly himself had his first hoverboard experience is a pretty monumental event. Even if they have wheels, only sit a few inches across the ground and rarely go faster than 6mph, they have well and truly brought us into the future, and surely the developments will only continue.

Why stargazers turn to coffee during long sessions


Coffee has a long list of benefits, but mostly coffee is known to us for it’s an excellent energy boosting capacity.

Practically, we all consume coffee mostly we like it and when we need to get that extra energy to keep us going especially during the sleepless night. Many people have fancy coffee makers in their homes but it’s good to read reviews first to find the best machine.

The reason behind that is nothing rocket science rather than very simple. Coffee contains a specialized substance known as caffeine which is said to the most popular psychoactive substance consumption wise.

Now, although we all are used to consume coffee perhaps more so in our workplace/office rather than in our home, but stargrazers are known to have a special affinity for coffee as well as caffeine.

But, before we jump into any conclusion, let us know a bit about the stargazers. Stargazers, a popular and more common name to what we officially call observational astronomers.

They are the professionals who observes the sky to be put in a simple way.

There are a lot of complexities, meetings and long sessions involved in the day to day work of the stargazers and the long sessions as it is aptly named continues for long, really long.

So let us look some of the reasons why stargazers turn to coffee during long sessions.

  1. Caffeine as we all know is a great energy booster and an excellent psych activator which helps the stargazers keep going in their long sessions and help them to cope with their sleeplessness and provides them with that extra kick in the form of that extra energy.
  2. Caffeine (which is the key ingredient of coffee) is said to block the inhibitory neurotransmitters from travelling and affecting our brains which eventually lead to having feel more energized, improved mood, and ability to cope with and get going without being able to sleep for a while.
  1. Another benefit for which stargazers use coffee extensively is that it readily gets absorbed into one’s bloodstream right after the consumption which helps to prevent any sort of hangover kind of things, side effects and all that, which is very much essential for stargazers as they need to observes stars with real concentration and diligence.
  1. It also acts as an excellent stimulating agent.

Besides, coffee or caffeine also has its fair share of benefits which are not typically exclusively beneficial only for the stargazers but for all of as a whole.

  1. Regular consumption of coffee in a regulated manners helps one to keep various diseases at bay like – diabetes, cholesterol related problems, it also considerably lowers the risks of heart diseases.
  1. It also eliminates to a large extent the risks of stroke and heart attack besides lowering the risk of other heart related diseases as mentioned earlier.
  1. Studies have shown that high intake of coffee reduces risk of cancer especially liver cancer.
  1. Caffeine intake are said to protect us to some extent from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
  1. But, apart from all these benefits, all of us specially the stargazers must keep in mind not to overdo the intake of caffeine as coffee consumption more than the permitted limit can cause nausea, heartburn or make these existing conditions much more worse.

Frequent necessity of urinating can be another side effect of high caffeine intake, which is one thing for sure the stargazers don’t want to get into. So, it is advisable that coffee gives you many reasons to turn to coffee, but always be careful to not overdo it.



Interesting Facts about The Milky Way

The Milky Way is our home galaxy. It began to form twelve billion years ago. The Milky Way galaxy is a part of fifty galaxies that is referred as the local group. Moreover, the local galaxy group itself comes under a large group of galaxies. The larger group is referred as Virgo Supercluster. The Milky Way galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy with one spur and four arms in its diskette and recently a new outer arm was discovered. The mass of the Milky Way galaxy is four hundred to eight hundred billion solar masses. It contains at least four hundred billion stars. It comes under a local group.

It is estimated that Milky Way galaxy will smash together with Andromeda galaxy. The astronomers have estimated five billion years for the chances of collision. Some astronomers mention as a binary system. The dust, gas, and stars of Milky Way galaxy orbit in the centre. They orbit at a speed rate of two hundred kilometres per second.

The Black Hole
There is a super massive black hole in the centre core of the Milky Way galaxy. The black hole is referred as Sagittarius A. It is said that Sagittarius A has the mass of 2.6 million stars. The Milky Way galaxy grows by merging and joining with other galaxies in the universe through the time. It is gulping up substance from Magellanic Clouds. Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal is a small galaxy and Milky Way galaxy is currently getting stars from that galaxy. The Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal is actually small in size.

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