The GlowCap doesn't speak in words, but it does chime music when it's time to take your medication. The cap, which will fit most prescription bottles, contains a chip that works with a plug-in light to monitor when the bottle is opened. If the botton has not been opened when the medication is meant to be taken, the cap will start glowing and chime music as reminders. Users also can order automatic prescription refills by pushing a button inside the cap. A wireless alert triggers a phone call to the user's cellphone from an automated system that can help the user order a refill. (Source: Vitality Inc.)
Hats off to you, bobjengr, for taking the safety course in the first place. I often see defibrillators at my local gym (as I mentioned previously) and at big department stores, but I wouldn't know what to do in an emergency if no verbal instructions were available. You've convinced me that it's time to take a safety course.
I recently took a refresher first-aid course required for continued certification. During that course, the instructor told us about a situation very similar to the one Charles described in his comments. This story involved a gentleman who dropped during a shopping trip to one of our local mauls. A quick-thinking security guard quickly retrieved an AED from his golf cart, and using the verbal instructions provided, was able to resuscitate him until the EMTs arrived. When he left the maul he was breathing and awake. The security guard had training in CPR but had never used an AED before. The verbal instructions saved the man's life. From my safety course, we were told that four (4) minutes can be the difference between life and death when a person is unresponsive and not breathing.
These "talking" devices are definitely beneficial. Can you imagine having to read instructions prior to using an AED or other life-saving device when seconds count?
Wow, how scary, and good thing a paramedic was there! That person should count their lucky stars. Glad that turned out well; it would have been awful had there been a defibrillator there and available for aid but if no one could use it properly. And this is where the talking comes in very handy!
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