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7 Life-Saving Technologies Of The Modern World

7 Life-Saving Technologies Of The Modern World

Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives now more than ever. It is not hyperbolic in the least to say that we depend on technology to function as a society — a society of artists, creators, developers, social butterflies, business executives, and much more.

All of us need technology to progress and grow and connect with each other.

However, beyond the workplace and personal comforts tech is usually used for, there are certain businesses out there that realized something.

All this great, helpful technology should be used (via apps and such) to really help people when emergencies strike.

Let’s take a look at some of those life-saving apps and technologies.

1. Home Defibrillator

We now live in an age where you can receive CPR coaching from your very own automated external defibrillator (AED). Excited? You should be!

It doesn’t require a prescription and can be used by anyone — all the way from Aunt Betty to your grand-mom.

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Plus, it couldn’t be easier to use: the responder has voice instructions that guide you the entire way.

Yes, it is a bit pricey (over $1,000). But think about these two things:

  1. Price will go down in time, and
  2. Can you put a price on saving someone’s life?

(Bonus: the defibrillator only gives shocks as they’re needed – running a by-necessity test of its own accord!)

2. Hydration Backpacks

Yes, these have been around for what seems like a millennium. In fact, hydration backpacks are hardly news.

But the fact is that hydration is necessary. We’d die without water. Some people would make it 8 or 10 days, but most people would last 3 days without water.

When hikers and bikers are out in the scorching heat for hours on end, a nice, replenishing gulp of water hits the spot.

3. Robotic Surgery Simulator

Can you believe this? Robotic surgical training. The Robotic Surgical Simulator (called RoSS for short) is similar to a flight simulator — except for surgeons. This life-saving technology was developed by Thenkurussi Kesavadas, PhD and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UB, and Khurshid Guru, MD and director of the Center for Robotic Surgery at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute.

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Nobody has to be told that this kind of tech is amongst the many technologies that save lives.

Sadly, the number of people who are trained to use robot-assisted surgery is abysmally low.

4. Ambulance Drone

Putting a positive spin on drones, Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology graduate Alec Momont designed an actual ambulance drone that helps people in distress.

He states that it will decrease emergency response time from 10 minutes all the way down to 1 minute — and we definitely need that speed improvement!

You read that right: an ambulance drone. He even received a Frame Public Award last year for this invention. The device travels up to 100 km an hour. It arrives at each and every destination according to coordinates and even comes equipped with supplies.

If this device doesn’t literally save lives, I don’t know which ones will.

5. Eliminates Time Wasters

I used to work the straight 9-7 — ten grueling hours a day. Stuck in an office, surrounded by imbeciles I didn’t want to spend any time with. Month after traumatizing month.

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Luckily, that all changed. We don’t have to talk about how, but I want to share this with you: I only did 5 or 6 hours of honest, real work a day. I’ll tell you right now that I could have used some real balance between work and life. In those times waiting for coffee, what else could I have been doing? Instead I just stood there. Like a drone. Waiting (sound familiar?).

What happened with the rest of the hours? I took a lot of coffee breaks. There were even more trips to the bathroom. I spent a good 10-15 minutes on LinkedIn and Twitter a day. All these “time leaks” were eating up my productive time.

I’m no longer working an office job, but I wish I knew about the coffee cup warmer. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like — and it saves some serious time heading to the microwave and waiting around for the coffee to re-heat.

Something else that could’ve helped me back in the day? RescueTime, which keeps track of the time you spend on apps and websites. Warning: coming face to face with your e-activities may be a real shocker. Like suddenly having your eyes open after what feels like years of long, mindless sleep.

How does reducing time-wasting activities save lives? Well, considering that this life is the only one we have, it’d be a good use of time to train ourselves how to handle life-saving opportunities when they present themselves, right?

Another app that you might know about that does more than keep track of your deadlines is Asana. It also lets you talk with team members, like Skype or email, but with specific team members only. Project management extravaganza? Yes, please! (Side benefit? You can officially “miss” all those snore-fest meetings by communicating with — and only with — your dream team.)

6. Life-Saving Sponge

Sponge? Yes, sponge. According to FoxNews, this sponge can be the difference between death and life.

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In fact, the FDA cleared the technology to be used in the United States. Before that, it was in the strict hands of the American military.

How does it work? By sticking the “sponge” in wounds, thus preventing victims and patients from bleeding out.

+1 for humanity.

7. Portable Electric Generator

The benefits of a portable electric generator are easy to remember whenever the power goes out. You know the benefits of electric generators when your car battery dies and you’re stranded by the side of an abandoned road — one car goes by every half an hour. It’s pure hell.

Maybe you need some juice for your power tools. Or you brought along your SmartTV for the family’s weekend getaway. Or perhaps your portable heater needs some power to keep the area nice and warm and save you from freezing temperatures.

Whatever the case, there’s no denying the variety of uses these babies have come in handy. It’s easy to overlook this part of life-saving tech when it’s been an everyday staple of our lives, isn’t it?

Final Thoughts

Sadly, tech can’t do everything. As big a part it plays in our lives, the best way to save those lives is by enrolling in life-saving classes today. Who knows – they just might prove valuable someday. We never know, do we? Stay safe out there.

Featured photo credit: pixabay.com via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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