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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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