Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
May 1st, 2015

How would you like to ‘glide unseen’ into an area?  While Harry Potter and countless other fictional characters have used cloaks of invisibility to achieve that trick, we more mundane beings have limited powers to make ourselves non-intrusive.  And some folks are better at it than others…my laugh is so recognizable, it’s been the subject of much commentary over the years.  But, if I could clamp down on my tendency to be mirthful, maybe I have a shot at not standing out in the crowd?

Read about tech that’s making at least part of you unrecognizable…  Developed by AVG in the Czech Republic,

New glasses make you

invisible to facial recognition technology

Invisibilty glasses

AVG’s invisibility glasses. (Credit: AVG)

“The glasses, they explained, could help prevent smartphone users from snapping and uploading unwanted and potentially embarrassing photos of you. They can also prevent your likeness from being captured and featured in Google StreetView or other big-data projects.

Sorta’ makes you feel like a super-hero, doesn’t it?  What potential good (or harm) do you see resulting from this technology?  Is there an improvement or offshoot that you can envision?  AVG is a worldwide company – take a look at their job opps across the globe here:  Careers at AVG

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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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April 15th, 2015

Continuous strides are being made in the field of healthcare.  Research has taken on challenges that were thought to be insurmountable.  New technology is enhancing the methods by which ‘care and cure’ may be offered.

Read this compelling story on a life-changing gadget developed by Tom Bieling.

The glove that transmits


‘touch’ over the internet


“Bieling, a researcher at the Design Lab in Berlin, has developed a glove kitted out with fabric pressure-sensors. By translating a tactile hand touch alphabet into digital text, the mobile glove could eliminate the necessity of hand-to-hand physical contact for deaf-blind communication. Even better, because a great deal of online communication is text-based, the glove could act as a translating device that allows people who are deaf-blind to communicate freely with anyone – and for anyone to communicate with them.”

Tactile glove

In the current version, users can adjust the intensity and speed of the incoming tactile messages according to their reading skills (Design Research Lab)


Is there a job waiting for you in Berlin? Check and see:

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April 13th, 2015

Air quality has been a hot button issue for some time.  There are myriad stories in the media, online and just overheard as conversations about the areas of the planet suffering most from the decay in the quality of the air around us.  It’s important to know that there are groups concerned about this issue in multiple countries.

Here’s a press release from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) an organization in the United States that’s taking a stand:

Gas MaskMore Than Half a Million Americans

Call for Better Health Protections from Smog


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is proposing to update our national standards for ground-level ozone, the scientific name for smog.

Do you have a technology in development to help achieve cleaner, more breathable air for everyone?

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