Thursday, 11 December 2014

Will draconian punishments stop drone use?

In the last week there was a report in the UK of a near miss between a plane landing at Heathrow Airport and an unmanned drone. With the US government admitting it's going to be more-or-less impossible to police drone use, the penalties for improper use will have to be draconian.

It's fairly well established that the difficulty of catching a transgressor has a direct impact on the weight of sentencing. As the old maxim goes, "men are not hung for stealing horses, but hung so that horses shall not be stolen", or words to that effect. The punishment may be extreme, but if there's very little chance of capture, they have to be in order to put people off.

Extending that to drone use, it is extremely difficult to catch users who don't comply with requirements to avoid airports etc. As a result the penalties will have to be severe. Perhaps to the point where no-one in their right mind would want one? Even businesses.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Welcome to the IoT Christmas

So it's been a long time since I last posted. To the point where people have even been asking me why I haven't put anything up here for a while. The long and short of it is that we've been massively overhauling and enhancing our product offering at Machina Research and I've just been completely tied up. Check out our new website if you want to know more.

As we wind down to Christmas things have eased off just a tiny bit and I'm able to share a quick post on my shopping experience over the weekend. I'm not one much given to shopping til I drop, but obviously with Christmas just around the corner I have to get out and pick up presents for my nearest and dearest. And there was a distinctly IoT skew to my day's shopping.

First stop was the Design Museum in London, where I spotted this, which neatly summed up what we're all about. Yes, eventually everything does connect.

After that it was off to John Lewis in Tunbridge Wells, and they had what I can only describe as an IoT section. Nest and Hive (you can probably just make out on the left of this pic)...

...and lots of health devices in the second, including Withings, Fitbit etc. 

This is mainstream now. Welcome to the IoT Christmas.