Since the dawn of the new millennium, there has been an explosion of technological advancements like we have never seen before. The need for speed and efficiency have seen WiFi capabilities make it possible to download a movie in a fifth of a second using the fastest network known to humankind. Fitness trackers now allow us to monitor our every heartbeat and sleeping session, smart thermostats will control our heating for us and smartphones have become our own pocket desktops with more functionality than you can shake a stick at. All of these gadgets and gizmos could lead us to becoming more sedentary, inactive and lazy. The youth of today is more into virtual reality headsets, and snorkeling with tropical fish in a pretend ocean than they are heading down to the park on their bikes for some fresh air.
In the twenty first century, it’s more important than ever to achieve balance in our lives between using technology positively and squandering it for selfish endeavors. You don’t want to be cooped up indoors twenty four hours a day in pursuit of your love of all things technologically advanced. Instead, try to head outdoors and utilize your gizmos in a more active and healthy way. Take a look at the sorts of twenty first century hobbies that you could be partaking in using technology to its optimum capabilities.
“Boring!” you cry. However, golf has been big business for decades with the sport being the pastime of choice for many. Combining skill, mental agility, and physical fitness, golf can be a whole lot more exciting than it seems. The influx of gadgets onto the greens means golf can be more fun to play. Trying to get your handicap down while listening to your talking swing meter has never been simpler. While you might need your trusty golf ball finder scout (a sort of mobile camera that beeps incessantly once it has located your many off piste golf balls), you can utilize technology to hone your game. GPS devices, like the Sky Caddy, can now work out distances to holes and tell you exactly where to aim to maximize your chances of a hole in one. While the technology is advanced, you may still want to keep an element of skill by foregoing the laser putting trainer.
Golf is a fantastic hobby as it gets you out of the house and physically active without having to endure too much discomfort. Other hobbies can be stagnant and solitary. Golf is anything but this and can see you becoming fitter, making new friends and utilizing some twenty first century gadgets in the process.
While you might fancy taking to the skies in a Cessna and signing up for a few flying lessons, the gadgets available to you nowadays mean you can hone your piloting skills without your feet leaving the ground. Drones have made their way onto the high street making them cheaper to purchase and more accessible to the masses. They no longer belong solely in the world of espionage. You can find out about beginners kits here and work out whether you’re keen to own a rotary or fixed wing craft. With a drone, you can enjoy the freedom of soaring your machine high over the park, the coast line or your own home. With multi megapixel high definition cameras attached to your drone, you can produce some top quality footage of an area taking a bird’s eye view.
Drones are renowned for their poor flying times due to their smaller batteries but buy a couple of spares, and you can be sure of a decent flying session. The first few outings will be honing your basic skills taking off and landing before you can get onto the more fun and exciting stunt stuff! Once you have mastered your beginner’s craft, you can move onto more expert machines that require more skill, lightness of touch and agility to be sure of exceptional flights.
Many people think it’s easy to be a dab hand at photography in the twenty first century what with the vast array of filters, the superior smartphone camera quality and edit functions available digitally. However, the creativity that these gizmos can give any photographer should not be overlooked. Sure, you can get rid of too much shadow, airbrush some blotchy skin and re-crop an image, but the perfect composition still takes a good eye.
The gadgets available for photographers encourage greater artistic freedom of expression. The holographic trippy lens allows you to create some old school red / green 3D-esque images using your digital SLR. For those amateur photographers who love nothing more than using their iPhone in a creative way, the Holga filter attachments can bring a real old school Lomography look to your images. Instagram has been at the forefront of the filter revolution with iconic retro looks becoming popular once again. It is the ability to mix modern technology with more traditional photographic settings that has given photography a whole new lease of life as an accessible hobby for all.
When you consider taking up a hobby, don’t immediately succumb to the lure of a 3D first person shooter on your Xbox or the all immersive virtual reality headset that allows you to shoot mythical creatures from the comfort of your own armchair. Consider using technology to get you outdoors, enjoying some fresh air and trying to hone a new skill set. You might even want to whip on a fitness tracker and check out how much more physically active you have become since embracing your new hobbies. Who’d have thought that that technology could actually help you shift a few pounds?
The ability for technology to make us more active and willing to take on new challenges should not be overlooked. While your games console has its place, it shouldn’t take up every iota of your free time. Get outside, fly a drone, take up golf and enjoy heading outside with your camera or smartphone to take some awesome shots.