Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

Just when you thought cell phones couldn’t get any smarter or more productive….  soon they may be able to scan three-dimensional objects and send the resultant high-resolution 3D images to a 3D printer that produces hyper-accurate replicas. A small and inexpensive device called a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) has been developed by scientists at Caltech. The NCI could add 3D imaging to a variety of other devices and applications, as well, improving motion sensitivity in human machine interfaces and driverless cars.

Unlike in conventional cameras, the NCI chip determines both the appearance and distance at each pixel of the part of a scene or object that it represents. The coherent laser light from the NCI acts as a kind of ruler, measuring the precise distance of each point from the camera so that they can be mapped onto a 3D image of the scene.

Take a look at how this technology can capture different depths on the surface of a USD penny:

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The researchers see broad applications for their device, which they believe could easily be scaled up to house arrays of hundreds of thousands of pixels – which is closer to what would be required in real-world high-resolution 3D imaging through a camera lens. NCI could find use in security, robotics, gesture recognition, biomedical imaging, personal electronics, and more.

Could you employ this new technology in your area of expertise?





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The many issues facing the African continent concerning food, energy, healthcare, and many other services taken for granted in various areas of the globe continue to dominate headlines.  Those issues bring the heads of nations to the table to speak seriously on what we all can do to address crises that arise in any part of the world.  If each of us were to take steps in our own lives to examine the way we go about our daily routines, there could be some miraculous improvements.  Take a look at a company in Africa that is dedicated to that concept – and the well-deserved recognition they’ve received for their work!  Notably, they were a recipient of a Genesis Generation Prize in 2015.  Click the logo below to learn about this exciting company in Nairobi, Kenya…



Check out some of the awards and accolades Sanergy has garnered.  And, their reach extends beyond the places in which inhabitants live…  Read about:

Scaling sanitation in schools: Sanergy’s partnership with the SWASH+ Consortium

Sanergy’s School WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program aims to raise students’ awareness of the importance of hygienic sanitation. Over the last year, Sanergy has made good progress toward this goal, training teachers from 109 primary schools in the Mukuru and Kamukunji areas of Nairobi. Of these, 90 schools have now installed Fresh Life Toilets for their students.


Take a look, too, at this site & think about becoming a competitor…

Genesis Generation Challenge

The Genesis Generation Challenge welcomes multi-disciplinary teams of young adults to propose big ideas to better the world. Each team must consist of approximately 10 individuals and must designate a team leader (age 20-36). Other team members must be 18 years or older. Teams may represent nonprofit or for profit entities. Because the idea must offer a sustainable and scalable solution to an important problem, we are seeking social entrepreneurs and others with experience delivering projects with lasting and innovative change in their communities and the world.

Maybe your submission will bring about a remarkable change that leaves your imprint on civilization!

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) engaged with citizen science professionals, researchers and others in local, state, federal and tribal government, the private sector and schools to celebrate citizen science. This engagement is part of the first ever citizen science forum on Open Science and Innovation and was held at the White House on 30 September 2015.
A highlight of the day was the launch of the first-ever Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit. USDA has played a critical role in development of the Toolkit as part of the management team in a multi-agency workgroup that brought over 25 federal agencies and 125 federal employees together over the past nine months. The Toolkit provides information and resources that can help federal agencies harness the power of public participation, and advance the culture of innovation, learning, sharing, and doing in the federal community, to help solve scientific and societal problems.

We also met two students from the USDA’s Open Data STEM Summer Camp, that introduces new steps to increase the ability of students to participate in the scientific process of crowdsourcing through citizen science projects. – See more at:

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Electronic displays for integration with clothing and textiles are a rapidly developing field in the realm of wearable electronics. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a fiber-like LED that can be directly knitted or woven to form part of the fabric itself.

“Our research will become a core technology in developing light emitting diodes on fibers, which are fundamental elements of fabrics,” said Professor Choi, head of the research team at the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST. “We hope we can lower the barrier of wearable displays entering the market.”

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Researchers have created an LED fiber that can be directly woven into textiles to form an integrated flexible display (Credit: KAIST)

If you’d like to get into the conversation on wearable displays, there is an annual convention next to be held in San Fransico, CA in May 2016.

Find out all of the detail by clicking on the conference picture here:

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How much fun will marketeers and the general public have when you can show off your “brand” as you stroll down the street :-)

What will yours display?

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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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