Daily Archives: April 18, 2006

So far, so good…

The reviews for Meter Made have been coming in, and they’re overwhelmingly positive, and that’s eminently satisfying.

Steve Mazey, of The Eternal Night, says:

This is a faced paced book, full of action, full of intrigue, and full of deception […] Reading books like this is, I find, immensely refreshing […] Jack Meter is brilliantly constructed… more…

Steve Lazarowitz, of Novelspot, says:

Meter Made is enjoyable, funny, entertaining, well written, and eccentric enough to be well worth the read. more…

Caroline Miniscule, of The Thunder Child, says:

Author M. D. Benoit writes with a sure hand, weaving plausible worlds together with ease. Jack Meter is an engaging character, with a sense of humor and a whole lot of problems, and he engages our sympathy from page one. more…

Biff Mitchell, on his blog, says:

This is a fast-paced, hardboiled, non-stop, seat-of-your-pants, action-packed SciFi mystery that asks the question: Where’s the damn brakes? […] The universe of Jack Meter is full of weird creatures, danger at every turn, deadly beautiful women, side-slapping dialogue, and most of all, according to Pico, “action, Action, ACTION!” more…

Meter Made is published by Zumaya Publications.

You can buy Meter Made through amazon.com, amazon.uk, Booksurge Australia, and Booksurge, which has global distribution facilities in the USA, UK, Europe, and Canada.

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Pregnant Robot

NoelleApparently, most training hospitals are moving away from using real patients to practice on. This includes training on how to assist pregnant women give birth. The solution: Noelle, the pregnant robot.

She can be programmed for a variety of complications and for cervix dilation. She can labor for hours and produce a breach baby or unexpectedly give birth in a matter of minutes.

She ultimately delivers a plastic doll that can change colors, from a healthy pink glow to the deadly blue of oxygen deficiency. The baby mannequin is wired to flash vital signs when hooked up to monitors.

The computerized mannequins emit realistic pulse rates and can urinate and breathe.

If she is bleeding, there will be ample blood in evidence everywhere

Interesting that the article uses “she” instead of “it” to describe the robot, although, from what I could read, it cannot talk.

Unfortunately, Noelle works on electricity. When it was used as a training tool in Afghanistan, who “has the world’s second-highest infant mortality rate”, frequent power failures made her minimally useful.

The article is in Technology Review.

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