Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
January 27th, 2015

There’s a saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and TAXES.  For the vast majority of humans, the process of filing your personal or business taxes is something that is feared, dreaded, hated, avoided – you get the picture…

While e-filing has been in place in many countries for some time, here’s a story from BizTech Africa that highlights a less developed part of the ICT globe.  While it may not be news where you reside, this change is monumental for Gabon.  Technology makes its way across the planet at different paces, and can bring about events with impacts that ripple across continents.

Gabon businesses to pay tax online


Gabon map

The initiative, named et@x ( is aimed at helping Gabon catch up with other African countries and establishing Gabon’s reputation as providing high quality services for their business sector.

Are YOU part of an electronic revolution that hasn’t reached beyond your university?  How will you bring it to market and where?  You may be the life-changer that the world is waiting for!

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Thought you had heard about all of the new technology, I bet.  Well, there’s a new monitor on the market called Spire.  It measures your breathing patterns and uses them to draw conclusions about your state of mind. The company says Spire is the first wearable to monitor breathing in an attempt to track mental health.

“It’s very hard to stay mindful throughout our chaotic and always connected day,” Jonathan Palley, Spire’s CEO, told The Huffington Post via email. “The design of the Spire experience is not to interrupt you every time you’re tense, but to bring mindfulness and awareness streaks of tension/focus/calm within this chaos.”

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The unit costs $149.95 USD and interacts with an iPhone app that pops up notifications throughout the day. One example cited is a businesswoman rushing around who enters an elevator. She pulls her phone out and sees there’s a notification from the Spire app: “Your breathing suggests you’re tense. Take a deep breath?” She does, and then the app informs her that she’s become focused.

This just might solve the problem you have when you don’t have any ideas for a birthday or holiday gift for that special someone.  Do you think this new product would or could improve someone’s life?

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There has been a great deal of media attention focused on gun control in the U.S.  Accidental shootings have claimed the lives of children and parents.  Gun deaths of law enforcement officials have also been making headlines every day.  Whichever side of the argument you are on for gun regulation, you know that the legal proceedings following these events are complicated and costly (not to mention heart-wrenching!)

Here’s some tech that could prove very useful in cutting through the “he said…, she said…” of witness testimony – regardless of who the victim is.  A product beginning to come to market is a chip that can be inserted into the handle of a gun to deliver data about when a firearm is outside of its holster, when it’s fired, what direction it is pointing, and where it is located.  There will be controversy about it, that’s undeniable – do YOU have an idea for a product that might be an alternative?

See both sides of the argument about who needs protecting in these two articles…

Can these gun sensors keep cops safer?


Gun-Sensor Technology Could Make It Easier

to Hold Cops Accountable for Shootings


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January 15th, 2015

Taking a pill used to be the follow up to a treatment diagnosis – and it was up to you to report on whether the prescription helped you or made you worse.  Now there’s a movement to have a pill act as a ongoing diagnostician!

This could change medical science radically, and afford a new avenue for mobile technology to help those who are not able to visit their physician(s) routinely.  Proteus Digital Health is working to create a new category of products and services with the potential to significantly improve the effectiveness of existing pharmaceutical treatments.   Read about

Proteus Digital Health logoDigital Medicines


Digital Medicines will be the same pharmaceuticals you take today, with one small change: each pill will also contain a tiny sensor that can communicate, via our digital health feedback system, vital information about your medication-taking behaviors and how your body is responding.


In partnership with companies including Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Novartis, Proteus is furthering the development and future commercialization of Digital Medicines.

And take a look at this article that discusses the future of medicine in broader terms:

Meeting the Challenges in Mobile Health Innovation

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     Centuries ago, music and learning were almost synonymous.  As many across the globe were not able to read, oral tradition was the means by which information was transmitted by minstrels, troubadours, and tribal or societal elders.  The rhythms and rhymes of of their voices, and any instrumental accompaniment, brought knowledge to the masses.  But, times have changed somewhat as we’ve moved further along into the technological world…
     Cognitive computing taking its place in education and all sorts of learning environments is big business.  This focus on applying mind activity to inform computing activity will continue to grow in 2015 and the years ahead.   And, observing brain activity when music is part of the equation is simply fascinating!
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Music is good for the brain       Check out the video here:


How playing an instrument


benefits your brain


     Here is a story about the impact of music – not from a corporate slant, but a view of how it may be transformational to the very smallest people on the planet…Venezuela music project helps low-income kids even before birth

From their South American beginnings, they have grown; increasing their reach of dedication to bringing music into the lives of children worldwide…  Click this link to explore their organization’s website El Sistema Around the World

 What ‘gift’ or talent of your own will YOU

share to enhance a child’s learning potential???

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