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The 25 Most Expensive and Ridiculously Priced Items on Amazon

Posted on May 8, 2017. Filed under: .. |

  1. Screams, a controversial paperback book written by the French author Joyce Mansour and published in 1995. — $7,999.99
  2. BarkPark’s Best in Show 9-piece Dog Agility Course Set — $10,106.00 PLUS $98.49 S&H
  3. Grindmaster-Cecilware Banquet Brewing System with Holding Tank — $31,408.30 WITH FREE SHIPPING, like it should be when you are spending that much
  4. LG Electronics 98-inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LEDTV — $39,997.00
  5. Despite that fact that it’s used, The Amazing Spiderman, Vol. 1 is selling for $40,000
  6. The Fly, a U2 single from 1991, along with a pair of sunglasses that are just like Bono’s and the original 45 LP. Who wants a pair of Bono’s shades? — $40,000
  7. The next pricey item on our list has a long and confusing name, at least for me. It’s the 4.20cts of 15.47 x 9.61 x 4.53mm S12 Pear Brilliant White Diamond (1 piece) which is a Loose Diamond. ANYWAY, this stone alone is going for $52,900.00
  8. The Baileigh BP-9078NC Hydraulic Press Brake that happens to weigh around 8,800lbs. People like to crush stuff with it. — $53,795.00
  9. The textbook, Landolt-Bornstein: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology (2013 edition) — $54,009.00
  10. The Labconco Protector, which is a Double Stainless Steel Combination Glove Box with a North American power cord and plug — $67,147.82 plus $250 for S&H
  11. Montegrappa’s My Guardian Angel Rollerball. Yes, it’s a pen. I hope it has magic powers for this price! — $85,500.00
  12. Mickey Mantle Autographed set of baseball cards, proven authentic and rated excellent — $90,909.99
  13. A Lladro Niagara Chandelier, handmade in Valencia, Spain — Was originally $120,000.00 but it is currently on sale for the low, low price of $96,888.88
  14. A 1963 Lithograph by Marc Chagall titled “Paravent.” It was a limited run of only 100 lithographs — $120,000.00 (Now, that actually seems reasonable!)
  15. The (get ready) Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Limited Edition 18K White Gold Watch — $150,985.00
  16. 19.19cts Spinel Loose Gemstone Cushion Cut SSEF Certificate. This another one where I don’t know quite what they are selling because it is like Latin to me, but from the pictures it looks like a blue rock — $155,000.00
  17. A Tissue Processor that’s automated by touch, made by Triangle Biomedical — $183,051.33
  18. An Annotated, Typed Manuscript about William Barclay “Bat” Masterson, was written by their town’s former Mayor, Robert M. Wright. He sent the manuscript to Masterson to review. After reading the manuscript, Masterson made some annotations and signed it with his full name, which is why this is such a collector’s item. Not like I’ve heard of this guy before or anything — The original price of the manuscript was $250,000.00, but it’s currently on sale for a bargain at $212,500.00
  19. The Book Game, which is a trivia game with 4,000 questions all about the Bible. Surely, this can’t be that expensive, can it? $216,447.75… but they offer free shipping!
  20. Another expensive watch, what a surprise! This time is is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, an automatic-self-wind watch for men. Let me note the fact that this watch is USED. — $249,995.00
  21. “103 Amazing Facts About the Black Indian of the Western Hemisphere,” by Whanstachanah P. Kanyon. It was released in 2003 and is said to be written in a style that that both deprograms and reprograms the mind. — $250,000.00
  22. A 1937 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Set with Baseball Slabbed Autographed Cards. Once again, we have a collector’s item on sale! Originally selling for $445, 458.99, it is now on sale for a catch at $318,184.99. You’re saving $127,274.00, which actually isn’t too bad for this baseball memorabilia.
  23. For just half a million, plus $4.49 shipping, you can own the King Phra Somdet Gate Chai YO 7 Floors Wealth Amulet. The product description for this item clearly states that this amulet will keep its owner safe from harmful things and evil spirits, along with bringing you good luck. Shouldn’t it bring you money, though? I mean, it’s not a “protection” amulet or even a “good luck” amulet, but a WEALTH amulet. Maybe they just call it that since they make so much money every time someone buys one — $500,000.00 plus $4.49 shipping
  24. A movie poster from the 1932 Universal Horror picture, The Old Dark House,  starring the immensely famous Boris Karloff. Not only is it the original collectable movie poster that the theaters gave out at the time of the film’s release. It’s rumored to be one of two still left on this Earth — $750,000.00
  25. Another rare and collectible movie poster, this time for the classic horror film, Freaks, which was also released in 1932. This time, the seller claims that this one-sheet (synonymous with the actual film poster) is the only known example of this super rare poster. — $850,000.00

The end of my adventure in Amazon land. I won’t be able to keep this post up for more than a few days, since it will show up as being plagiarized since part of it is published here. No worries!

So, what item and price-point do you find the most ridiculous? In my opinion, it’s that used Amazing Superman Vol 1 comic. What a disgrace to the comic community.

And to those of you who helped me the other night, I am very appreciative! :)_

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The Morality of Ignoring the News

Posted on November 11, 2016. Filed under: .. |

I really didn’t want to write about the election. I’m not going to say who I wanted to become president, especially since I wasn’t a fan of any of the candidates. But, I feel there’s something that needs to be discussed regarding the rash of protests and incidents following Trumps election. As someone with severe anxiety, I know my triggers. The news is one of them. I rarely watch the news; I didn’t even watch the results on election night. Since then, my stomach has been in knots because I’m afraid for this country. If it weren’t for Facebook, I wouldn’t have known about the protests that have been taking place. And my ignorance makes me feel guilty. But, should it?

Is there a moral imperative that says we must stay up to date on all news developments? I don’t think most would take it that far; however, is there an imperative to stay informed when injustices are taking place? From my standpoint, I’d rather ignore all of the negativity. As such a small person, with a limited impact on society, what am I to do to combat these atrocities? Is it my moral duty to subject myself to the news, despite the horrible feelings it stirs deep within? Still, I can’t escape feeling that I’m doing something wrong by not staying informed and ignoring anything that upsets me too much. Maybe it’s my empathy, screaming from inside because I can’t reach out and help these people.

I don’t think it is a moral necessity to stay up-to-date on all news matters, as that would just be impractical. Staying informed on issues that relate specifically to you may not be a moral imperative, but it’s your job as a citizen. However, for me, there is very little that impacts me, at least at this point in my life. You can call me a coward, and that’s fine, because it is in part true. But, I’m staying away from Facebook (which is worse than the news these days) for awhile until things calm down.

I’m sorry this wasn’t a very interesting post. It’s my first time writing in a very long time, and even though I’ve missed it terribly, it’s going to take some time for me to get back into the mindset of a writer. You know, when you’re constantly brainstorming ideas and the best ones come to you while your in the shower or during the middle of the night 🙂

I’ll post more, even if it’s just personal stuff. There will also be SEO rich articles that I need on my website in the hopes of scoring some writing jobs again.

Please feel free to leave comments, whether it be here or on facebook. I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks for reading. Until next time…

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Welcome!

Posted on November 11, 2016. Filed under: .. |

Welcome to my newly restored site. I’m working on getting it updated, so stay tuned!

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C’est la vie

Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: .. |

Such is life.
I’ve had some medical problems since I last posted, hence the absence. Nothing life-threatening, or else I would have finally started on my memoirs. Haha.

There’s a chance that it might be awhile before I post again, so I wanted to share this with you:

MARCH 4th is NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY!! 🙂

❤ Writing Nerdy

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Hyper-Creativity: This is Your Brain on ADHD

Posted on November 19, 2012. Filed under: .. |

As I was doing my morning Internet news reading, I came across an article on LifeHack entitled, “Too Many Ideas in Your Mind? How to Focus Your Hyper Creative Mind to Achieve Success” (or at least I think that is what it was supposed to be called, as the article title itself is all messed up.)

The Hyper-Creative Mind: What Makes it Unique?

In this article, a hyper-creative mind is described as one that is constantly engaged, always thinking about new ideas and is usually in a creative state. While this sounds awesome to people who want to brainstorm ideas or come up with new inventions, that’s not what a hyper-creative mind does. Think of your mind as a pond, with a lily pad for each new idea that forms in your head, invited or not. Now, imagine that you are a frog, and your ultimate goal is to jump from lily pad to lily pad to catch flies — in other words, to accomplish goals. However, if you stay on one lily pad for too long, you begin to sink and you must jump to another lily pad to regain your footing.

Lily Pads

Because of this constant jumping around, you are never able to stay on a lily pad for long enough to catch a fly, or to complete a task. To translate this analogy into reality, your active mind — or your consciousness — constantly jumps around from idea to idea, never pausing long enough to flush out an idea or compete a task (“catching your fly)” because it does not want to “sit” still. It’s almost impossible to sit down and work on a single task through to it’s completion because your mind wants to jump to something else after five minutes. It’s not that you get bored, it’s that you want to do everything. The active mind is restless and must be continuously moving across millions of neural pathways; a PET scan of your brain in these moments would light up like wildfire. Your mind and focus is constantly on-the-go, whether you want it to be or not.

Whether I want to be thinking or not, my brain will always be actively moving from one idea to another, without refrain except when sleep overtakes me.

Finding an article on hyper-creative minds was one of those eureka moments for me. I’ve been diagnosed with having ADHD, but I always got really good grades in school; the doctors figured that my mind that was more hyperactive than my body, but that it wasn’t anything that interfered with my daily functioning. The first half of that sentence is true, while the latter half is completely false. I had no idea how severe my ADHD was until I started taking medication for it. I had a new viewpoint on work. Reading and writing were so much easier now! How did I manage to graduate with Honors WITHOUT having been treated? It’s a miracle. Anyway, after my diagnosis, my doctor put me on a drug called Vyvanse – It was like the clouds parted and little rays of sunshine slowly began to peak through, beaming down on my now calm body, mind and soul.

According to the DSM-IV (aka the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the bible for Psychologists and the insurance companies they bill), there are two subcategories of ADHD, inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, and patients may belong to one or to both.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, an individual must meet the criteria for either (1) or (2):
(1) The individual exhibits at least six of the following symptoms of inattention, for a period of more than six months, to the point where these behaviors interfere with normal functioning.
(I’m not going to list the symptoms of inattention here, since it’s not relative to my hyperactive mind discussion, but it you want to read more about them, you can go to this website.)

– or –

(2) The individual exhibits at least six of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, for a period of more than six months, to the point where these behaviors interfere with normal functioning. The subject…

Hyperactivity:
a) often squirms or fidgets with hands or feet;
b) often leaves seat in situations where remaining seated is expected (such as in the classroom);
c) may experience periods of restlessness (in adolescents and adults);
d) often has difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly;
e) is often “on the go” or acts as if “driven by motor;”
f) often talks excessively.

Impulsivity
g) often blurts out answers before questions are completed;
h) often has difficulty awaiting turn, such as in a game or conversation;
i) often interrupts or intrudes on others.
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There are some other criteria, but what I listed above is main content relevant to my post.

Instead of the body engaging some of those sensations, such as the squirming or feelings of restlessness, imagine if it was your mind experiencing these states. And imagine this happening all of the time. Sounds pretty tiring, doesn’t it? It’s exhausting. This is how mentally exhausting my daily mental life can be: Even days where I lay on the couch all day, watching television, leave me going to bed burnt out from all of the thinking I did while I was on the couch. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a physically lazy and lethargic person by nature; however, mentally, I’m a freakin’ Olympian. It’s so oxymoronic that the body can be perfectly still while the mind’s aflutter, but individuals who are hyper-creative know exactly what I mean.

While it seems like hyper-creativity and ADHD are the same things, I made a point earlier that explains the difference succinctly: People with ADHD tend to become bored very easily, while individuals who experience hyper-creativity tend to want to do everything. It’s almost akin to the manic state someone with bipolar disorder experiences. Someone might be writing an article on Depression, and have a brief thought that completely side tracks their writing so that they start a whole new task altogether that is devoted to this one new idea. They leave the original article open, but in their mind they are thinking, “It would be more fun to work on this new idea right now; I’ll come back to my other article later.” This process can happen several times in one day, leading the person down a path that is far from where he or she started.

Here’s another scenario that readers might be able to relate to and thus better understand how the mind of a hyper-creative person works. Have you ever been cleaning your room and come across a drawer or box of old photos? You haven’t seen these pictures in awhile, so you take some time out from cleaning to look at them. That seems perfectly healthy, right? What if every time you started on a new area in your room, you had to go through everything and reminisce before putting stuff away? You go through your closet — oh, look, a shirt you haven’t worn in awhile; better try it on to make sure it fits. You’re DVD shelf is fine but… they aren’t alphabetically organized. You found your stash of receipts, but they are just stuffed in a box — wouldn’t it be easier when tax season came around if you organized them now? Many people can relate to the scenarios I’ve just described, as it is the curse of procrastination one faces while cleaning: Everything else looks more interesting than the cleaning you have to do. This kind of behavior is what people with hyperactive minds have to battle each day; in order to get a task done, the mind has to be quieted in some way, but how?

Brain's Want to Stay Up and Party When it's Time for Bed!

Has There Been Any Research Done on Hyper-Creativity?

Not so far as I can tell. I didn’t find any solid research after conducting a thorough web search, nor did my search of the online library at my local university turn up any scholarly articles on the topic. It’s most likely the case that this is a pop-culture term, but I have a feeling that it may soon be absorbed into humanistic psychological perspectives. It makes plenty of sense, for starters. Also, the research is really already there, just in the form of information on ADHD and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

What’s the Treatment for Hyper-Creative Minds? Can You Learn to Calm Them Down?

Perhaps adults who exhibit these tendencies should look into treating their mind as a creative object, instead of as something that has a “disease” that requires medicine to correct. True, it may be the case that your brain is hard-wired to think in this hyperactive manner, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t retrain your brain. Studies have found that an eight weeks course of meditation as therapy, specifically mindful attention training (MAT), resulted in lasting changes to the amygdala, which plays a key role in the “emotional processing of both positive and negative-valence stimuli” (Desbordes, et al). When shown emotionally positive or negative images, the subjects who underwent MAT were recorded as having less activity in their amygdala when compared to the measurements that were taken before the therapy began. This strongly suggests that some forms of meditation therapy can have a lasting effect on a person’s emotional regulation and response to stress. This is evidence that there is a correlation between the changing of mental habits with the lasting changes in recorded brain functioning.

If this is the case, how can people with hyper-creative minds rope in their thoughts? The first and most crucial step is to pay close attention to and analyze your behavior when you catch yourself becoming side-tracked. If you can identify the thought patterns going through your mind while you’re being tempted to veer off-course, then you can use mental exercises such as thought-stopping — where you literally stop your thoughts before they can fully emerge into your brain space — and redirection. If you’re able to consistently practice these methods for a few months, you should see lasting changes in the way your brain functions.

You can also do other things to keep yourself on task, such as starting your day with a to-do list, or using a timer and making yourself work for a certain set period of time before taking a break. If you are able to work in 25-30 minute spurts, with five minute breaks in between, you’re likely to stay refreshed and focused on the task at hand.

You should also create a contingency plan for those days when, no matter how hard you try, you can’t stay on task. It’s bound to happen sooner or later, so don’t get upset when you find that you’re unable to stay focused on a single task. Instead, turn to your contingency plan. This might include something like, “Take your cell phone outside and record voice notes to yourself regarding your work,” or “take a walk while using the environment as inspiration.” Maybe you’ll throw a blanket and a bunch of pillows on the floor and make an impromptu fort over which you will reign and under which you will work. The point of these ideas is to do something drastically different; you’ve already proven to yourself that doing the same thing is resulting in the same behavior, so change what you’re doing! Make it fun and refreshing while you’re at it. Just change your thinking, stay positive, use your surroundings to your benefit and don’t give up — if you can follow this formula, you’re well on your way to mastering your hyper-creative mind. One you learn to corral your thoughts and train your mind to race as if it were a thorough-bred horse, then there would be a significant improvement in your ability to quickly and effectively complete tasks. Two cheers for productivity.

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It’s been a long time, friends

Posted on November 10, 2012. Filed under: .. |

Somewhere along the way, I found myself lost. The writer within me became lost amid papers, pens, whiteout, books and pencil shavings. Prioritizing work, I’ve been neglecting my pleasure writing and this blog. No wonder my writing for work seems so taxing; no wonder I cringe when someone asks me how my writing is coming along.

I’ve taken a break from being a writer and am now instead someone who merely writes. There is a difference, and writers who do so for a living will know what I mean.

I must find time to blog again, to write for myself again. I’m even lost on blog topics. I’ll find sources for inspiration surely, now that I’m looking, but I’m not opposed to suggestions.

Just a few sentences. That’s a start.

I’ll be back.

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Does It Get Easier?

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: .. |

A scene from Lost in Translation, my all-time favorite movie.

I can completely relate to Scarlett Johansson’s character, Charlotte. Just watch the first couple of minutes…

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Who Are We if Not Artists?

Posted on July 29, 2012. Filed under: .. |

(I must first begin my post by making the obligatory, “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile,” statement. I could make excuses but there really is no excuse for not making time for my personal writing. Writing for myself should take precedent over writing for clients, etc., but sometimes money wins out when it shouldn’t.)

About three weeks ago, I had an accident where I broke one of the fingers on my right hand, making my hand almost completely immobile. The pain was bad, but it wasn’t the worst part; the worst part was that I couldn’t write. My left hand, while it can complete the general functions required by such an appendage, is useless when it comes to tasks requiring extreme dexterity. Using a pen was obviously out of the question, although I was afforded a good chuckle upon examining my left-handed signature for my discharge papers. This same left-handed lack of adroitness also affected my ability to type. Because of my injury, I was unable to write for two weeks.

Before I continue, let me go ahead and ostentatiously throw myself into that rare breed known as artists. Forgive me if this declaration sounds pretentious, but my inability to write made me feel disabled. It was as though my reason for being was ripped away from me, leaving an inextricable hole that ached more than my fractured hand. Despite the pain, my injury taught me a valuable lesson about myself: I don’t know who I am if not a writer. I’m sure a psychologist would shake an analytical finger at me for such a statement, but I believe that any artist under similar circumstances would come to the same conclusion.

As artists, we learn to let go, bearing our souls in order to convey emotion and meaning, regardless of the medium. Whether one is a musician, writer, or painter, the internal process is the same; pouring out our feelings for the world to see requires a special, particular ability. I firmly believe that it is this process that defines us and on such a deep level. Our talents define our person-hood. Stripping them away consequently deprives us of our connection with ourselves; who are we if not artists?

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Enough with Robots, can we Move onto Cyborgs now?

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: .. |

Robotic Advancements in the Healthcare Industry

The last decade has seen numerous technological advancements in the field of robotics. Robots are no longer confined to university labs and research facilities; instead, they are being designed and programmed for use in the real world at an increasing rate. Given the usefulness they have already demonstrated in the medical field, robots are now being specifically developed for healthcare assistance both in the hospital and at home.

Hospital Healthcare

As Teachers

There is little room for error in the field of medicine. As such, medical schools have begun employing robots to teach students important healthcare lessons. By interacting with robots programmed to imitate the discomfort and pain felt by real patients, medical students can gain valuable experience regarding diagnoses and treatment. Since these “live” robots can mimic human feelings, they can also help soon-to-be doctors improve on their bedside manner when dealing with sensitive patients.

As Surgeons

Surgeons are now able to utilize robots for assistance during surgery. Robots can make extremely precise incisions, allowing doctors to take on complicated surgeries that were previously impossible. These nifty surgical assistants can make incisions smaller than anything the human hand is capable of doing. Smaller incisions mean shorter surgeries, resulting in a better prognosis for patients, as well as in reduced costs and shorter hospital

HAL-5

Open the pod bay doors HAL!!!!!! Open the Doors!!!

Robots such as the Hybrid Assistive Limb, fondly known as HAL-5, can provide assistance to the elderly in numerous regards. They can complete household chores and perform heavy lifting, thereby reducing the chance of injury in older patients living at home. Because these robots are able to provide patient care, safety, comfort and assistance in the home, patients will no longer be confined to live out their days in hospitals and nursing homes.

the Da Vinci Si HD Surgical System

Hey! HEY ROBOT!!! Those are not supposed to  be used tjat be doing that!

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

This system is known for being an alternative to surgery. Its is used when a patient needs surgery  to removed both cancerous and non-cancerous . This CyberKnife model is able to both locate and follow a tumor that is on the move, thanks to its system of visual guidance.When it’s time to employ the cyber knife, the system zaps the tumors with high doses of radiation; by doing so, there is less damage to the healthy tissue. It also completely does away with traditional practice such as using body-stabilization frames.In addition to its awesome name, this device shortens recovery time and is less costly! yay!

(is it just be, or does “cyber knife” sound like some long lost ancient article that must master space travel.)

The ONE WEAPON to rule them ALL.

Healthcare at Home

As Caretakers

In addition to their use in hospitals, personal healthcare robots are being designed to serve as “nurses,” monitoring and caring for patients in their homes. Specialized robots, such as the a Nursebot, are programmed to take care of patients with dementia. Not only do these robots ensure the patient’s safety but also provide comfort to their patients, should they become frightened or disoriented.

Enough about Healthcare robotics. They’re still cool, but after reading about the same procedure that each one does “different

Wait, wait… let’s briefly pause to admire that creepy machine called the Remote Prescence RP&. *bows head*

The future of laziness; it’s apparent that people with disabilities will be taking over the world alongside the robots.

OK! The COOL STUFF!

I must begin by addressing an important issue: Cat Robots V. Dog Robots

I searched for new information on Japan’s latest RoboDog named AIBO (or Arifical Intellegence roBOt.) Unfortunately for cat-lovers, these robo puppies will likely multiple faster than the Fibbonachi sequence and will stage a coup to overthrow that saintly-looking wood builder fro… Jerusalem.

About the dogs. The robo-pups quickly recognize the sound of your voice, so the more you interact with her, the more personable she’ll become. Soon, she’ll even be showing off her new tricks for everyone to see. If you think this is a lot, check out the dog’s website for even more.

Here’s a picture of puppy:

About the Cats I Could Find

On Japanese Robotic cats, this was all I could find. Seriously. The video is one of those “must watch” kind of things. I think…

SnackBot Pearl

Are you in the mood from a snack? Unless your blind, then chances are you just nodded. NOT TO WORRY USA! The brilliant and hungry minds at U. of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon came up with a great solution: Build a robot to fetch then snacks. This is when the idea for the SnackBot took off. Tens years ago, university students t0ok a Nursebot and changed her into a sweet little snack lady named Pearl. When People first began her rounds at the nursing room, her offerings merely consisted of taking snacks around to the old folks in the nursing home , having never imagined that they’d see a robot in their lifetime, Can you imagine how strange that experience was for them that first daye?

Just recently, the studies at these universities decided that ol’ Pearl was due for an upgrade. After some fine tuning, Pearl was no longer a lowly snack women. Instead, she not had the power to use not only verbal communication when talking to her customers, but she had picked up on nonverbal communication as well. In addition to her new super-bot ability, she has a touch screen interface with which she can interact, she has cameras to help record her travels and a laser range finder… so some purpose? idk. People 2.0 can use her new abilities in conducting research navigation, route planning and finally an optimatal  division system that allows her to remember the faces of her everyday coworkers. Most of all, she just wants to assist her users with their everyday lives.

How much are robot maids again…?

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Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: .. |

Robotic Advancements in the Healthcare Industry

The last decade has seen numerous technological advancements in the field of robotics. Robots are no longer confined to university labs and research facilities; instead, they are being designed and programmed for use in the real world at an increasing rate. Given the usefulness they have already demonstrated in the medical field, robots are now being specifically developed for healthcare assistance both in the hospital and at home.

Hospital Healthcare

As Teachers

There is little room for error in the field of medicine. As such, medical schools have begun employing robots to teach students important health-care lessons. By interacting with robots programmed to imitate the discomfort and pain felt by real patients, medical students can gain valuable experience regarding diagnoses and treatment. Since these “live” robots can mimic human feelings, they can also help soon-to-be doctors improve on their bedside manner when dealing with sensitive patients.

As Surgeons

Surgeons are now able to utilize robots for assistance during surgery. Robots can make extremely precise incisions, allowing doctors to take on complicated surgeries that were previously impossible. These nifty surgical assistants can make incisions smaller than anything the human hand is capable of doing. Smaller incisions mean shorter surgeries, resulting in a better prognosis for patients as well as in reduced costs and shorter hospital stays.

Examples of surgical robots includethe Da Vinci Si HD Surgical System

How much time do you give doctors before they’re obsolete? A decade?

Or… the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

I bet it’s this model that starts the robot rebellion; when’s John Connor coming back?

Healthcare at Home

As Caretakers

In addition to their use in hospitals, personal healthcare robots are being designed to serve as “nurses,” monitoring and caring for patients in their homes. Specialized robots, such as the<a href=”http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~flo/scope.html”&gt; Nursebot</a>, are programmed to take care of patients with dementia. Not only do these robots ensure the patient’s safety but also provide comfort to their patients, should they become frightened or disoriented.

Robots such as the <a href=”http://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/robotsuithal/”>Hybrid Assistive Limb 5</a>, fondly known as HAL-5, can provide assistance to the elderly in numerous regards. They can complete household chores and perform heavy lifting, thereby reducing the chance of injury in older patients living at home. Because these robots are able to provide patient care, safety, comfort and assistance in the home, patients will no longer be confined to live out their days in hospitals and nursing homes.

 

 

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