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Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Now You Can Wear This To Keep Yourself Awake During Long and Dull Road Trips

Drowsy driving might not be receiving as much attention as driving under the influence, yet it is almost as dangerous. Long distance drivers may never admit having battled drowsiness while driving, but statistics suggest so.

As many as 72,000 fatal accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 people died due to it in the US in 2013 alone, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In the UK, more than 25% of severe and fatal accidents are also caused by worn out drivers. It is even estimated that 6,000 serious accidents happen every year due to drowsy driving.

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Even though many prefer to drink coffee and energy drinks or listen to loud music, all these are just temporary fixes. However, it’s highly probably that napping on the wheel could become a thing of the past, thanks to a futuristic and intuitive wearable called Steer.

Your life saver on the road 

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    Designed by Creative Mode, a Latvian-based company, Steer is an intelligent, life-saving bracelet made to give tired, dozy drivers an Electric Shock whenever they start to nap while on the road. Made with onboard sensors that measure variations in the rate of heart rate and sweat secretion, it uses a gentle vibration and yellow blinking light to warn the driver to pay attention.

    It has 16 sensors responsible for studying the driver’s heartbeat rate upon which it releases the gentle vibration when the rate drops by 10 beats per minute. When the variations fall further by three minutes, this wearable discharges an electric shock to jolt the wearer. The shock isn’t fatal, but increases hormone and neurotransmitter levels to make a driver alert.

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    According to its founder Vlad Ilyin, Steer is a solution to what almost killed his best friend – drowsy driving. And it being the first of its kind, the amount of backing it is receiving is mind-boggling.

    As it was launched on a Kickstarter project, its 269 backers have so far raised $36,220, and it is highly likely it will retail at $130.

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    Will it be the end to accidents caused by drowsy drivers? 

    With such vibrations and shocks on the driver, Steer is highly vouched to solve what many die out of, albeit silently. It is a wearable device with a hypoallergenic plastic body and an adjustable strap for a comfy fit as it is designed to be worn on the arm, just like a wristwatch.

    Several reviews, most notably those on Daily Mail, Digital Trends and Wareable seemingly point to one thing – lasting solution. Right now, you can get one from Kickstarter. 

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

    Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

    Can I Be Creative?

    The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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    How Creativity Works

    Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

    What Really Is Creativity?

    Creativity Needs an Intention

    Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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    Creativity Is a Skill

    At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

    Start Connecting the Dots

    Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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