Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Help a Lost Pet or Person Find Their Way Home - Make Your Own Automatic Pet Caller or Audible Homing Beacon



How to Help a Lost Pet or Person Find Their Way Home - Make Your Own Automatic Pet Caller or Audible Homing


Takeaways - 

· An audible homing beacon can help a lost pet find their way home.
· Consider this concept for lost children or wandering patients, too.
· You can make your own automatic pet caller. 

For our audible homing beacon, I used Audacity, a free open-source sound editor. 

To make your own audible homing beacon:
1. Download the Audacity software for your computer.
2. Use the Audacity help screens for set up.
3. Record as many familiar sounds and voices as you can think of. Some examples are pet owner voices, favorite toy sounds, sound of food can opening, rustle of kitty treat bag, and the like. Record the sounds in the house, barn, or favorite location. Many sounds you might not even be aware of, but the pet can hear them.
4. Review and edit, if you want. Just remove any sounds that might scare the pet away. It does not have to be perfect.
5. From the help screens, set up for loop-playback.
6. We set the whole laptop outside, covered from the weather. You could probably keep the computer inside and place the speakers outside. Point the speakers in different directions.
7. Set the volume so the neighbors do not complain.
8. Just let it playback repeatedly until the pet or person comes home. Do not give up on manually looking for the pet or person, however. This homing beacon is just another tool to find a lost pet or person.

If you do not have a computer, you could use a digital recorder, analog tape recorder, or maybe even a cell phone.

For more information:
  Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not medical advice.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Public Speakers (Politicians) Please Tell Us the Truth! Your Body Signals Let Us Know when You Are Lying, Anyway



Public Speakers (Politicians) Please Tell Us the Truth! - Your Body Signals Let Us Know when You Are Lying, Anyway


Distrust for politicians has been going on for a long time. Until now, little could be done to see if a public speaker was lying or not. Technology and science has now evolved so that we can have a "Truth Indicator" when a person speaks in public.

How can we tell if someone is lying?
  • Might we observe the speaker's body language in addition to their words?
  • Could the speaker's body language cue us into their lying?
  • Perhaps we could ask the speaker why they appeared so nervous answering a question.
"Truth in Politics" is a major concern worldwide. According to a recent article in Time, even the U.S. Supreme Court is taking action to prevent lying in politics.
For many years the only truth-detecting tool available was the Polygraph (Lie-Detector). Technology and science has evolved, however, to give the public more tools to detect lying. In fact, no physical contact is necessary now and can be used over a distance.
  • Books are available now to teach anyone how to detect lies by just observing "body language". Some of the more popular books are "Lie catcher : become a human lie detector in under 60 minutes" by David Craig, "Liespotting" by Pamela Meyer et. al., "Spy the lie : former CIA officers show you how to detect deception" by Philip Houston et al.
  • An example of current/future technology is the AVATAR lie detector, as presented by ABC. Thus, anyone speaking in public could be observed and evaluated by a remote lie detector, such as AVATAR.
  • Another example using science to detect lies is the Fox TV show "Lie to Me", wherein facial expressions and body language are used to determine truth or not.
  • There is even a "Facial and Ocular Lie Detector" Android App, which might be modified for use with television broadcasts of public speakers.
What could be done going forward to improve truth in public speaking? Some possibilities are listed below.
  • Maybe the news media could have "Truth Meters" on the bottom of the TV screen showing the stress level of public speakers.
  • Investigative reporters could factor body language into crafting questions for the speaker.
  • The voting public could learn how to "read" the public speaker to determine the level of trust.
  • Perhaps only having the possibility of exposing lies might be enough incentive for speakers to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". This might be analogous to security cameras reminding us to be honest.
  • Maybe we can't prevent speakers from lying, but might we question them on why they seem so nervous answering the posed question?
  • If you like want a real-time "Truth Meter" on television to evaluate/interpret a public speaker's body language as they are speaking, please pass this article along to television networks and ask them to please make this happen.
We, the public, need the truth to make informed decisions, e.g. on how to vote and whom to support. Perhaps, these techniques could be implemented in upcoming election campaigns. After election these tools could be an ongoing "Truth Watchdog".

The purpose of this article is to stimulate discussion, innovation, and implementation of ways to enhance "Truth in Politics". It seems like the concepts presented in this article should have little or no impact on the honest public speaker (politician) who has nothing to hide from the public.
To end this serious topic on a lighter note, here is a short video where "Johnny Carson is a politician taking a polygraph test in a Mighty Carson Art Players Skit on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1982."


FYI - Another resource might be PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter.



The attached public domain image is from Wikimedia - "La Bocca della Verità (in English, "the Mouth of Truth") is a renowned image, carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face and located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. The most famous characteristic of the mouth is its role as a lie detector; since the Middle Ages, folklore has asserted that if one told a lie with his hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off."

Article originally posted at http://voices.yahoo.com/public-speakers-politicians-please-tell-us-truth-12651978.html

Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not legal advice.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Public Speakers (Politicians) Please Tell Us the Truth. Your Body Signals Let Us Know When You Are Lying, Anyway.

Distrust for politicians has been going on for a long time.  Until now, little could be done to see if a public speaker was lying or not.  Technology and Science has now evolved so that we can have a "Truth Indicator" when a person speaks in public.


How can we tell if someone is lying?  

  • Might we observe the speaker's body language in addition to their words?  
  • Could the speaker's body language cue us into their lying?  
  • Perhaps we could ask the speaker why they appeared so nervous answering a question.

"Truth in Politics" is a major concern worldwide.  According to a recent article in Time, even the U.S. Supreme Court is taking action to prevent lying in politics.

For many years the only truth-detecting tool available was the Polygraph (Lie-Detector).  Technology and science has evolved, however, to give the public more tools to detect lying.  In fact, no physical contact is necessary now and can be used over a distance.
  • Books are available now to teach anyone how to detect lies by just observing "body language".  Some of the more popular books are "Lie catcher : become a human lie detector in under 60 minutes" by David Craig, "Liespotting" by Pamela Meyer et. al., "Spy the lie : former CIA officers show you how to detect deception" by Philip Houston et al.
  • An example of current/future technology is the AVATAR lie detector, as presented by ABC.  Thus, anyone speaking in public could be observed and evaluated by a remote lie detector, such as AVATAR.
  • Another example  using science to detect lies is the Fox TV show "Lie to Me", wherein facial expressions and body language are used to determine truth or not.
  • There is even a "Facial and Ocular Lie Detector" Android App, which might be modified for use with television broadcasts of public speakers.
What could be done going forward to improve truth in public speaking?  Some possibilities are listed below.
  • Maybe the news media could have "Truth Meters" on the bottom of the TV screen showing the stress level of public speakers.  
  • Investigative reporters could factor body language into crafting questions for the speaker.  
  • The voting public could learn how to "read" the public speaker to determine the level of trust.
  • Perhaps only having the possibility of exposing lies might be enough incentive for speakers to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth".  This might be analogous to security cameras reminding  us to be honest.
We, the public, need the truth to make informed decisions, e.g. on how to vote and whom to support.  Perhaps, these techniques could be implemented in upcoming election campaigns.  After election these tools could be an ongoing "Truth Watchdog".

The purpose of this article is to stimulate discussion, innovation, and implementation of ways to enhance "Truth in Politics".  It seems like the concepts presented in this article should have little or no impact on the honest public speaker (politician) who has nothing to hide from the public.

To end this serious topic on a lighter note, here is a short video where "Johnny Carson is a politician taking a polygraph test in a Mighty Carson Art Players Skit on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1982."

Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not legal advice.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Prosthetic Design using Openmodelica, Open Cascade, Opensimulator (Opensim), Rigs of Rods, or Febio Open-Source Software

Recently, I posted "Low Cost - PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS - Design Resources - Open Source"

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Related to that, here is some commonly used open-source software used in designing Prosthetics:
  • "OPENMODELICA is an open-source Modelica-based modeling and simulation environment intended for industrial and academic usage. Its long-term development is supported by a non-profit organization – the Open Source Modelica Consortium (OSMC)." - User's Guides & Tutorials
  • "Open CASCADE Technology, 3D modeling & numerical simulation - Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source. It includes C++ components for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development." - Tutorial and User's Guides
  • "OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols. It also has an optional facility (the Hypergrid) to allow users to visit other OpenSimulator installations across the web (aka Metaverse) from their 'home' OpenSimulator installation." - User's Guides, Tutorials, etc.
  • "Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator based on soft-body physics - .....unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you create." - Tutorials
  • "The FEBio software suite is a set of software tools for nonlinear finite element analysis in biomechanics and biophysics.....specifically focused on solving nonlinear large deformation problems in biosolid mechanics...." - Examples and Tutorials
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Specifically for Prosthetic Design using the above tools:
Search string - (prosthetic OR prosthesis OR artificial-limbs OR orthotics) (openmodelica OR "open cascade" OR  opensimulator OR opensim OR "rigs of rods" OR febio)

Good luck in your work! Please let me know if you need more information or ideas on how to use this information.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Using Biofeedback with Art Therapy, especially with those with PTSD

Could Art Therapy be enhanced by using Biofeedback?  Could Biofeedback quantify the effectiveness of Art Therapy?  Could Biofeedback help hone in on the most helpful method of Art Therapy?


These were questions I asked at a recent Symposium on Art Therapy.  At least one person thought Biofeedback might help with Art Therapy.  Therefore, I thought I'd write this article to stimulate discussion and innovation in this area.

Art Therapy has proven to be a very helpful adjunct to psychotherapy, especially when cognitive approaches have been unsuccessful.  Biofeedback combined with psychotherapy could be viewed as a form of Polygraphy, revealing the inner emotions of the patient.

Biofeedback might provide relief from those suffering from PTSD, according to an article from PubMed.  In addition, Art Therapy could be helpful those with PTSD, according to another article from PubMed.  Therefore, it makes sense to me to combine Biofeedback with Art Therapy, especially for those with PTSD.  I'm not a health care professional, in any sense, but I thought I'd at least propose this new concept to the public in this article.

Some ideas on how Biofeedback could be helpful are listed below.

  • Emotional triggers (stressors) could be identified for those with PTSD, Autism, Epilepsy, etc.
  • A patient's stressor profile could be determined.
  • Using Art, Music, Sculpture, etc. a patient could learn how to deal with difficult emotions, thoughts, etc., using standard Biofeedback Therapy techniques.
  • The Art Therapist could have a visual readout of the emotional state of the patient, thereby regulating the amount of trigger stimulation.
  • The emotional state of non-communicative patients could be determined.
  • The therapist could determine if the patient is "playing her", giving the "expected response or reply".

I couldn't find much previous work in this area.  Perhaps the following might give others clues, however, on how this concept might be implemented.  I used this search string - ("art therapy" (biofeedback OR polygraphy OR lie-detector))

  • "Medical Art Therapy with Children", by Cathy A. Malchiodi, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999 - Page 201
  • "Confirming the Efficacy of Art Therapy with College Students Through Biofeedback", by Shubha Chatterjee, Emporia State University, 2010
  • "Music Therapy & Biofeedback" by Eric B.Miller Ph.D. CMT-BC BCIAC

Some Biofeedback Tools available to the public:
Takeaways - 
  • Art Therapy can be helpful to those with PTSD and other emotional disorders.
  • Biofeedback can also be helpful to those with PTSD and other emotional disorders.
  • Perhaps, Biofeedback could be combined with Art Therapy, to especially help those with PTSD and other emotional disorders.

Disclaimer - Article is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. 






Sunday, April 06, 2014

Low Cost - PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS - Design Resources - Open Source

·       The Open Prosthetics Project is producing useful innovations in the field of prosthetics and freely sharing the designs.



·       The Digital Resource Foundation for the O&P Community (DRFOP) is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop computer-based information resources and communication links for the worldwide orthotics, prosthetics and rehabilitation community – Kampala Uganda location

·       The aim of the Open Hand Project is to make robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees.  Leading prosthetics can cost up to $100,000. By using emerging technologies like 3D printing, we can cut that down to under $1000. That’s two orders of magnitude cheaper, and means that these devices can reach a far broader audience!



·       Search string - (prosthetic OR prosthesis OR artificial-limbs OR orthotics)