Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
September 29th, 2015

While it may sound like an oxymoron, the WalkCar is a reality.

With mobile phones, an industry was created that changed the communications model and allowed people to talk with one another anytime and anywhere -  free from a ‘land line’.  The WalkCar may do the same for the auto industry.  It may be an item that will revolutionize the way we think about transportation – in addition to helping solve the dilemma of being unable to find a parking spot in a crowded urban location!!

As described by Charles Osgood on CBS Radio:  It is a lightweight aluminum board that – despite looking like a cookie sheet on wheels – has a top speed of over six miles an hour and a range of nearly seven-and-a-half miles when fully charged. …  The device is also pretty simple to maneuver, with the rider just shifting his weight to change direction.

Kuniaki Sato is the CEO of Cocoa Motors, which makes the WalkCar. He told Reuters it was designed to fit in a small bag…

Check out the video on YouTube here:



For those of us who haven’t mastered a skateboard, this may be a tad unnerving – I like to have something to hold on to when I’m free-rolling along a sidewalk.  But, it certainly looks like fun!  And it’s a non-polluting source of mobility.  What’s your opinion?

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Cognitive development is a wondrous event to witness.  Hearing a child say their first words, take their first steps, or any other “firsts” that take place can be a reason for celebration.   On the flip side, when those expected events fail to materialize, it can be cause for worry and alarm.  Read about an app, invented by 19-year-old Harsh Songra in India, that seeks to bring some assistance when those circumstances arise.

His app,  MyChild, helps parents screen developmental disorders in their kids in just 45 seconds. It then makes suggestions on which specialist doctor they should visit.  Click on the pic below to learn more about his life and his vision!!

My Child


And he’s got plans for the future as well – - – “We want to extend medical research with the help of multiple doctors and medical associations to make the algorithm more accurate”

Visit the product website here:

My Child

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September 5th, 2015

Use ‘em to carry your reusable water bottle, of course!  You’ve probably seen the commercials that show mankind’s propensity to create mountains of litter without giving a thought to where all that waste ends up.  But how long can we afford to keep doing that?

One young man, founder Ben DeBlois (16 at the time he invented the product), took notice and created something useable and attractive from ‘leftovers’.  Here’s a product that is eco-friendly and planet-minded.  There’s a push in most parts of the globe to eliminate one-use plastic bags – this backpack provides a terrific alternative for toting around your worldly possessions!  Click on the logo below and check out

Caribou Camping Co logo


And read more here:

Each Backpack is Made from 25 Recycled Plastic

Water Bottles then made into Recycled Polyester

The backpack has a padded laptop compartment, side sleeves for easy access to small items, adjustable straps, is of lightweight construction…and oh, it has the added bonus of that cool Caribou logo on it, too!  What waste material can you turn into a product that is good for the planet and potentially a marketable item that brings you income and glory – as well as making you feel good about contributing to the salvation of our Earth?!

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Discovery, exploration, challenges and breakthroughs.  All these elements are part of the continuous changes that take place in the technology landscape around us.  To keep pace and bring us into the future, a new generation of curious minds must be engaged.  Governments and educational institutions across the globe are intent on making that happen!

Read about this program in Africa that seeks to tap into the wonderful reserves of ‘imagination’ within their people…

Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovation

“Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation”


And here is the link to the detail page for applications and funding:

Botswana e-nnovation Youth

Empowerment Programme (eYEP)

Opportunities for Africans

There are programs of this sort to be found in all corners of the world – seek out similar opportunities in your area…  Your drive and talent are needed!

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For those with allergies,  a ‘no pets’ policy can be a welcome salvation.  These types of rules generally apply to 4-legged furry creatures; but, the regulations have been extended as folks have gotten more “creative” in their choice of non-human companions for the home.  I recall (with somewhat of a shudder), the glass box of Tarantulas that graced the bedside table of a guy friend of mine.  Don’t know what became of him – or the arachnids – but, I do know that fish are often in a nebulous gray area when it comes to those pesky pet policies.  Their mini-homes within your home can range from a glass jar filled with water to some really impressive tanks, with all sorts of acoutrements to make the inhabitants feel like they are back in their native locale.

There are a lot of fishy people in the world (I leave the interpretation of that up to you!) Two of them, Yoon Hoon and his friend and co-founder, Andy Zhong, have come up with a nifty gadget to give your finny little friends a CLEAN place to frolic – no human intervention required!!  The product has been debuted and promoted at Hax Demo day in San Francisco and the inaugural CES Asia event in Shanghai last May, as well as the 2014 Mini Maker Faire, in Shenzhen, China.

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AquaTrek is an all-in-one cleaning, monitoring, and surveillance tool. Much like the Roomba, it is a largely autonomous, utilizing an aquatic scrubber and auto sensing technology to perform its duties.


The pair have a start-up and you can sign up for their email list here: Moai Devices

What a great use of Robotics and Sensor tech!  If you’ve got an idea that seems ‘out there’, maybe reading about these guys will spark you into acting on your brain-child… It might be the next big thing!

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