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Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

Never Fall Asleep On The Wheel Again

Every day, hundreds of millions of people drive their cars for long and short distances. But how many of these drivers have stopped to consider how dangerous it is to drive while being tired?

The truth is, very few people think driving while tired is a big risk. However, statistics show that it is very dangerous – in fact, almost as dangerous as driving drunk. (Accidents caused by drowsy drivers lead to 30,000 deaths every year.)

While driving in a drowsy state, the driver is highly vulnerable to something called micro-sleep.

Micro-sleep can last for up to 30 seconds, and when it occurs, the driver is unconscious and does not respond to any environmental sensors, including sound or light. Micro-sleep is often a result of sleep deprivation, but can also occur while driving monotonously for a long time.

Is there a way to prevent micro-sleep?

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Meet the Device That Could Save Your Life

    Steer is a unique bracelet that will help prevent you from falling asleep behind the wheel.

    How does it do this? Well, Steer detects the level of your drowsiness by analyzing your heart rate and skin conductance, and then warns you when you’re close to sleeping.

    The real magic of Steer, is that it prevents you from experiencing micro-sleep at the very first signs of tiredness. This makes you much safer on the road. At the smallest sign of drowsiness, Steer will warn you with a vibration and a mild electric shock. These warnings will be just enough to keep you from falling asleep – and will help you avoid loss of control of your vehicle.

    However, Steer is not just a warning device, it can actually wake you up if you do suddenly fall asleep.

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    Who’s the device aimed at? It’s designed for all drivers and everyone who suffers from sleep deprivation from time to time.

    Steer to the Rescue

    Steer offers guaranteed protection from sleep.

    This alone is enough to provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. But let’s take a few minutes to explore the full features of Steer, and how the device works to keep you conscious at all times.

    The first thing you need to know about Steer – is that it’s very easy to use. (You certainly won’t need a doctorate in technology to use the device!)

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      Despite its ease of use, however, it’s worth understanding how Steer works. This can be explained in five steps:

      1. Sixteen highly sensitive sensors measure your heart rate and skin conductance.
      2. Upon first being switched on, Steer spends a minute analyzing your normal heart rate and skin conductance. It then refers to these indicators to determine whether or not you are becoming drowsy.
      3. Steer assesses your condition every two seconds, and when it detects a decrease in your heart rate by 10 units, it will warn you with strong vibration and a yellow light.
      4. If your heart rate decreases by three more units, your skin conductance will also decrease. This means that you’re edging closer to sleep. At this point, Steer will wake you up with a gentle electric shock.
      5. As a result of the yellow light, vibration and gentle electric shock, the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol in your body will increase, and the level of sleeping hormone melatonin will decrease. These changes will help you feel fresher and less drowsy, as well as returning your heart rate to normal.

        So, whether you’re hitting the road for long journeys to a different city or state, or simply making short journeys to work in the morning, Steer is the perfect companion to keep you awake at all times during your drive.

        What Users Have to Say

        Users of Steer love the fact that the device is guaranteed to keep them awake while driving. By wearing the device, drivers feel safe in the knowledge that if they feel drowsy – Steer will prevent them from nodding off.

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        One user said:

        “I hear a lot of sad stories about accidents caused by sleeping behind the wheel, would recommend Steer to every driver.”

        Safer Driving Is Within Reach

        If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know that there have been plenty of times when you’ve been driving while feeling tired. Probably, you tried to counter the fatigue by doing things like:

        • Drinking coffee
        • Drinking energy drinks
        • Listening to loud music
        • Smoking

        Unfortunately, none of these methods are guaranteed to keep you awake. And of course, consumption of caffeine, sugar and nicotine can be harmful to your body.

        Compared to the above methods, which are commonly used to stave off drowsiness, Steer is safer, more effective and more reliable. In fact, Steer will wake you up better than 2-3 cups of coffee or cans of energy drink. Steer also has no negative impacts on your health.

        Every Steer bracelet comes with a charging cable, instruction booklet and sticker. If you’re interested in purchasing a Steer bracelet, you can register your interest on their Kickstarter campaign page. Prices start from €89.

        Steer is a truly revolutionary product. One that can reduce road accidents and save lives. Perhaps one day cars will have drowsiness detectors built in, but for now, Steer is the best way to keep yourself awake behind the wheel.

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        Last Updated on September 11, 2019

        8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

        8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

        Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

        Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

        Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

        Why Typing Fast Matters?

        Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

        Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

        Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

        Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

        8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

        Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

        Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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        For Beginners

        1. Speed Typing Online

          What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

          The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

          2. Typing Trainer

            Typing Trainer

            is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

            Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

            The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

            3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

              There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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              Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

              The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

              For professional writers and programmers

              4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                5. The Typing Cat

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                  Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                  Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                  The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                  Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                  Fun typing games

                  6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                    Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                    Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                    The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                    7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                      Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                      Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                      Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                      8. Daily Quote Typing

                        Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                        Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                        With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                        Bottom Line

                        At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                        By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

                        Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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