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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.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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