Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Several cities are using the Ultra-Ever Dry® paint product that solves some very specific problems.  Ultra-Ever Dry® is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid.  Ultra-Ever Dry® uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface.

The paint’s unique qualities are demo’d here:

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Take a look at how the patrons in Hamburg, Germany react to the paint application:

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Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology on automotive bodywork.  Sounds like the perfect application for this product, to me!

Do you have a brain child that can revolutionize the world?


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With so much unrest and so many active military operations being deployed around the world, the potential for serious injury or death for the fighting forces mounts incalculably.  As this state of affairs does not look to be on the wane in the foreseeable future, it is necessary to take measures to protect (to the best of our ability) those that are put in harm’s way.  Here is a novel approach, almost magical if you will, to make oneself ‘invisible’.

Brian J. Tillotson, a senior research fellow at Boeing, has come up with a device that would heat the air in front of the spot where a bomb goes off.  In one version, a detector “sees” an explosion before the shock wave hits.  “Though the armor plating on a military vehicle might stop the debris from a roadside bomb from injuring a soldier, it can’t shield against the shock waves generated by such explosions. The blast wave goes right through a human body and causes massive trauma.”  Read about the invention that aims to mitigate the damage…


Sci-Fi Cloaking Device


Could Protect Soldiers


from Shock Waves


Invisibility cloak

A newly patented device could use heated, ionized air to stop shock waves generated by explosions. (Credit: Kheng Guan Toh /

What military or civilian applications are you working on that might have life-saving effects?

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April 23rd, 2015

Energy is infinite and indestructible, so we’re told…matter can neither be created nor destroyed.  However, we earthlings seem to be doing a pretty good job of using up all our planet’s natural resources at a dangerously fast clip.  And some regions lag far behind the developed world in having ‘modern’ power available to them at all.

Here’s an exclusive interview from CleanTechnica that gives some news about combining methods to create solutions.  A partnership has been formed between between SunEdison and Imergy to provide electricity to villages in India that are “off grid”.  The end goal is 5,000 villages in India alone, and even more in Africa and other regions where gaping holes in the electrical grid exist.  Imergy CEO, Bill Watkins, had this to say, “…scaling up conventional batteries is not an efficient solution for rural electrification, because they don’t separate energy from power.“  Be sure to check out the video from Imergy in the article that gives even more detail:


Double-Teaming Diesel


With Solar & Energy Storage


(CT Exclusive Interview)


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Kodak logos  For many, many years, this company name was widely known.  The name was synonymous with picture taking.  They revolutionized an industry.  Then things began to change and film cameras were no longer in the hands of every person on the planet.  (insert violins playing sadly here…) We’d gone – gasp – digital!  And Kodak was facing a precipice from which there might be no survival…

There were plans to move to digital consumer cameras, but the cash Kodak made on traditional photography made it complacent.  There always seemed to be time.  By 2001, even before smartphone cameras, film sales started to fall by 20 to 30 percent every year.


Then came bankruptcy filing. Most people don’t even realize Kodak is still in business.  But, quietly, they’ve been working to resuscitate their corpus from its labored breathing and they are looking at tech they shelved in their past to move them forward.

In a warren of basement labs, some of the 300 scientists and engineers who work for Mr. Taber [a veteran of 34 years with Kodak] are studying nanoparticle wonder inks, cheap sensors that can be embedded in packaging to indicate whether meats or medicines have spoiled, and touch screens that could make smartphones cheaper.

What happens after a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up the fight? At Kodak the answer is to dig deep into a legacy of innovation in the photography business and see if its remaining talent in optics and chemistry can be turned into new money in other industries.


Although the article I’ve linked here is lengthy, this is really worth reading – take the time to do more than a quick scan.  Consider what lessons you can learn from this article.  And can you apply those lessons to help yourself and others achieve a Smarter Planet?


At Kodak, Clinging to


a Future Beyond Film



So…although their logo may have evolved over time, the company itself didn’t keep up.  The surviving employees are hoping that they can change all that now and re-emerge as a well-known and respected brand once more.




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Renewable energy could provide a cheap and immediate source of power to those who need it most – especially those thrown into chaos by war (including refugee camps), famine or natural disaster.

UK entrepreneur, John Hingley, founder of Renovagen has developed a lightweight roller solar panel designed to be deployed in war zones and remote locations.  The panel is designed as a bendable solar panel sheet which is a patented solar system called RollArray – a 9mm thick photovoltaic sheet that “rolls up like a carpet.”

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The RollArray claims to be 10 times more powerful than any other transportable solar generator of the same size, and that a 20ft container can house a system capable of producing 100 kilowatts at peak performance.

Daniel Becerra, co-founder of BuffaloGrid, wants to relieve some strife by enabling mobile phones to be charged in off-grid locations. The UK company has developed a small portable unit resembling a toolbox which users can plug their phones into to charge. The BuffaloGrid Hub can run off any power source, including solar panels. There’s a huge demand for this because many of the world’s poorest people, while lacking a power supply, have their own mobile phones.

Bboxx, which sells off-grid solar systems core product is a solar home system, known as the BB17, which contains a 17 amp battery encased in a control unit. This allows people in cut-off regions to power a range of standard appliances.

Do you have any expertise in this arena?  or would any of these solar solutions help you to develop other great ideas for leaving a smaller footprint?

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