Breakthrough Paint Has Ability to Kill Bacteria

Paint maker Sherwin-Williams is introducing a microbicidal paint that slays infection-causing bacteria. The firm reports that this is the first microbicidal paint to be registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Paint shield from Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams developed the interior latex paint in conjunction with scientists and microbiologists specializing in coatings at the paint maker’s Cleveland headquarters. The paint is designed to “kill greater than 99.9% of staph, MRSA, e.coli, VRE, and enterobacter aerogenes after 2 hours of exposure. It also inhibits the growth of common microbes.”

Paint Shield
Paint Shield is packed with quaternary ammonium compounds or “quats”. Their positive charge attaches well to microorganisms and dissolves the bacteria’s cell walls. According to the paint’s pesticide registration notice with the EPA, dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride is an active ingredient. This can also be found in consumer and industrial products like spray disinfectants, mouthwashes, and cleaners.

Steve Revnew, senior vice-president of product innovation for Sherwin Williams, said that Paint Shield is different from other paint products in the market claiming to be anti-bacterial because it actually kills bacteria on the surface instead of simply preventing the organisms from corroding the paint. Sherwin-Williams CEO Chris Connor, in a statement, called Paint Shield as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in our nearly 150-year history of innovation.”


Paint Shield, like other paint products, can be applied with a brush or a roller. However, it will come at a premium. A gallon will cost $84.99 and will be available in 590 colors. By comparison, an average gallon of interior paint from Sherwin-Williams ranges from $29.99 to $79.59.

Industrial Applications
Although homeowners would likely benefit from using the paint for their homes, Paint Shield is designed for more industrial applications in hospitals, athletic facilities, gym building, senior communities, schools and cruise ships. Tests protocols done with the EPA revealed that the paint’s bacteria-killing ability can last up to 4 years, provided that the surface integrity is preserved.

A study in 2014 found that 1 in 25 patients acquire an infection during their stay in a hospital. The most common types were pneumonia, surgical-site infections, and gastrointestinal infections. Infections in healthcare settings are viewed as one of the top causes of avoidable deaths. The paint might not mean instant for microbes because of that 2-hour window, but Sherwin-Williams hopes that it will play a role in reducing hospital-acquired infections.

Paint Shield for hospital walls

Paint Shield is expected to be launched in Sherwin-Williams’ 4,000 U.S. stores within the first quarter of 2016.

Other Ingenious Anti-Microbial Products
Paint Shield is far from being the only product in the battle against bacteria. Corning came out earlier this year with an antimicrobial version of Gorilla glass. The product is designed for ATM machines, which is the kind of surface that can become quite infested with bacteria during flu season.

germ-killing ATM screen

Two high-school students from Hongkong also recently presented a project involving a door handle. This glowing door handle is invented specifically for public bathrooms. It rids itself of germs using inexpensive materials.

philAdmin / November 4, 2015 / tech

Google Drone Deliveries by 2017

Google recently announced that it expects to begin delivering packages to customers via drone by 2017. David Vos, head of Project Wing, said that Google is currently in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic control system for drones. This system would utilize cellular and internet technology to coordinate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights at altitudes under 500ft.

Google UAV

At an air traffic control convention, Vos said, “Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017.” The FAA is expected to publish final rules for the commercial drone operations early next year.

Class G Airspace
David Vos said that the Obama administration hopes to set in place a drone registry by December 20. This would be the first step in a system that would use wireless telecommunication and cellphone technology to identify drones and steer them away from other aircraft and controlled airspace.


Google would like to see a low altitude Class G airspace meant exclusively for drones. This Class G airspace would keep UAV away from most manned aircraft aside from low-flying helicopters. It would also enable drones to fly over highly populated areas.

Vos, who is also co-chair of an FAA task force charged with coming up with the drone registry, said that the system could be set up within 12 months. “We’re pretty much on a campaign here, working with the FAA, working with small UAV community and the aviation community at large, to move things along,” he said.

Section 333 Exemption
Although the FAA has yet to codify its regulations on drone use, all American-based companies that want to use drones for some commercial purpose will have to apply for a Section 333 exemption through the FAA. Currently, Google does not have one of these exemptions. Google has also not clarified whether it intends to apply or is applying for a Section 333 exemption.

The Drone Technology
Google already has a same-day ground-based delivery system called Google Express. Its drones could speed up how quickly the firm would deliver those goods.

Details about Project Wing emerged in 2014. Initially, it was run inside the company’s secret research lab, Google X. The prototype shares the same four-propeller quad copter design of popular consumer drones. It is now believed to be under the control of Alphabet, the parent company that the former divisions of Google now operate under.

Google and NASA drone trials

No details have been given about what types of drones Google might use nor what type of packages they will be delivering. However, early reports suggest that the drones would be used for disaster relief or to deliver urgently needed medical supplies. The company also said that the public can expect to see new vehicle types and shapes as the project unfolds.

American airspace would soon be populated with drones not just from Google, but from other well-known internet brands. Amazon has previously detailed its plans to use drones to deliver goods. According to the company, its octocopters could transport 2.3kg of goods to customers 30 minutes after an order has been placed.

Amazon drone

Alibaba, China’s largest retail company, has also already carried out a three-day testing period of drone delivery around its offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

philAdmin / November 3, 2015 / tech

houston mommy makeover

Future of Plastic Surgery

I love tech.

I’m a technologist – everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows this. In fact, in Houston I love seeing new technologies implemented throughout all businesses. However, one sector that we have here where tech has just exploded is the medical sector.

Houston is known as having one of the most robust and advanced medical centers in all of the world; so it should be no surprise that we are on the bleeding edge of medical and bio tech.

However, it is not just heart surgeries and cancer treatments that are getting technology upgrades.

Elective surgeries such as Houston Mommy Makeovers, rhinoplasty, hair replacements, etc. are also getting a technological facelift (pun totally intended).

houston mommy makeover

In fact, the technological improvements are not that unlike the improvements in lasik eye surgery. I can remember a time (not to long ago) where lasik eye surgery was actually a bit risky and you had to really weigh the pro’s and con’s. The doctor would manually cut your eye and if he was not precise enough or had, had 1 to many cups of coffee you could have terrible eye sight for the rest of your life.

But, look at eye surgery now! It’s laser guided, mapped to your specific eye, and is an out patient surgery that lasts all of 15 minutes. Quite amazing! And the doctors make a handsome profit off of it too.

Well, how does this relate to Houston plastic surgeons? You may have noticed around our fine city that medical spas or so called “Med Spa’s” are popping up all over the place. Many of these tout the ability to perform on the spot botox, smart lipo, and other types of smaller plastic surgeries.

10 years ago? None of that existed. Now, you can grab some groceries at your local HEB and when you’re finished get a botox injection. That…well I don’t know if that is progress…but it is definitely something.

med spa for mommy makeover

Fast-forward a few years and much more major plastic surgeries such as Mommy Makeovers, Tummy Tucks, and other fairly invasive body reconstruction will be getting much quicker, much less painful, and much shorter recovery times.

This means a few things:

  1. Doctors will make much more money per patient
  2. Doctors will be able to treat (or perform plastic surgeries) on more patients in the same amount of time
  3. Patients will be happier
  4. More people will be willing to undergo the procedure

There will come a time with a Houston plastic surgeon will be able to consult with a patient about what type of mommy makeover they want, draw out a plan on the computer, put the patient on the operating table, have a computer laser and micro-scalpal do the cuts, stitch the patient back up, and send them home for a full recovery with minor pain in a week’s time. Mommy Makeover in Houston is going to change in a big, big way – now, the question is…is this a good thing? Drive in plastic surgery, should we have that option or should it be a much more serious decision that isn’t done after a quick grocery trip? What do you think?

philAdmin / March 27, 2015 / Medical

Self Driving Cars – Will They Work in Houston?

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute did research based on 2009 driving data. They found that…wait for it…self driving cars will cut car ownership in half!

car cut in half

Now if you live in Houston, TX – or have a family..this seems crazy!

How will you live without 2 cars? Well, the data showed that 88% of families/car owners used only one car at a time i.e. there wasn’t a conflict between their car usage.

So, essentially the report is suggesting this:

The car would drive one person to work, school, etc. Then the car would automatically drive back home and pick up the other person to go to their destination.

Now, I’m telling you – if I lived in Houston with my family – there is no way that this would work. It takes the average person over an hour to get to work because of the distance and drive times. So, 2 hours total. If the one person leaves at 7 the car would get back home at 9. If the other spouse needs to take kids to school or work then they would definitely be late!

So – this again proves that there is a massive difference in car usage across the nation. In major metropolitan areas like Chicago, LA, San Francisco, NY, etc there is definitely the possibility of wide scale adoption of self driving cars. But, there’s still the majority of America that has rural or suburban households that could not operate in this manner.

The concept is definitely intriguing, but whether or not it will work for the majority of America or even major cities like Houston that are wide area locations will be seen.

“U.S. history shows that anytime you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live farther from things,” Toyota scientist Ken Laberteaux told Bloomberg News last year.

This reiterates the point that if self-driving cars are a reality then what has happened in Texas will possibly grow all over the Nation – even in cities with huge cost of living expenses such as Chicago.

philAdmin / February 12, 2015 / Houston, tech

Fastest Growing Houston Tech Companies

Houston is an up and coming metropolis of massive growth. As a major port in Texas servicing shipments for all over America it is widely known as a major commerce for business.

As the oil and gas industry has continued to grow Houston’s growth has just exploded. Real estate prices have risen, employment has skyrocketed (higher than any other city in America), and best of all new companies are opening all the time.

local houston business

However, in the tech sector Houston has always been overshadowed by the Venture Capital driven San Francisco and the emerging tech sectors in Austin. However, Houston’s tech sector has continued to grow – possibly spurred on by the oil & gas growth.

ipDatatel is one such company – fastest growing tech company in Houston last year. Growing 550% since 2013! They’re primary product connects machine to machine communication. Being founded in 2007 they’re 2013 revenue topped the charts at 4.10 million! Impressive growth for such a young company.

Cimation, another Houston tech firm services the global energy sector with consulting on all things tech. Founded in 2009 their revenues jumped up 290% since 2013. But – think about this – they’re revenues for 2013 were $47 Million! A company that young must be doing something right for the oil & gas sector!

This just goes to show you that the beauty of entrepreneurship knows no bounds. And with enterprising young techies who look for the needs of potential clients will be able to create a thriving business that grows the economy and creates jobs!

Houston not only is beautiful, has tons of fantastic ammenites, and now has an emerging tech sector.

philAdmin / February 12, 2015 / Houston

New Printing Tech – Future of Invention?

The world was taken by storm 5 years ago with a new printing invention. It was to our modern tech society what the color laserjet was years ago. What was this massive paradigm shift in tech?

3d local printer

3D printing!

Why is this so special? Because for the first time in human history regular ol’ joes like you and me are able to make one-off custom designs at home. That’s right – if you have an idea of something cool, no longer do you have to go to a custom manufacturer and pay thousands and thousands of dollars for custom prototypes.

In a matter of minutes, a 3D printer can whip up any physical design you want! The printers can sculpt paper, sand, wood, some polymer plastics, and metal is coming.

The downside to the printers is that they cannot print movable or fold able parts. Just static figures or statues. This is awesome for prototyping before sending to a final design or making custom pieces that will be combined together to form a moving device.

A good example of this was the ultra controversial 3D printing plan for a homemade weapon. In the wrong hands this level of immediate manufacturing could present the possibility of rapidly producing an army of weapons.

However, the opposite side of this is the ability for young and up and coming engineers to design new world changing devices for pennies. Think about the young bio-engineer that has an idea for a better prosthetic arm. Previously he would never be able to create a prototype to see if his idea works. With 3D printing though, he can quickly and cheaply push out a basic prototype to see if the idea is worth pursuing.

Well – the advancement in 3D printing has paved the way for…wait for it…you guessed it – 4D printing!

What’s the difference? Well, 3D printing makes static pieces that can be assembled together to make a moving, functioning design. 4D printing however enables you to make a fully moving, functioning creation. Check out: to see some example military designs.

The U.S. Army Research Office has poured in a ton of money for researching this new tech.

What is awesome about this is the effect it will have on local businesses. How so?

Well, full blown functioning designs were strictly reserved for big money corporations – re: boeing, etc. This huge wall in capital investment to get an idea off the ground prevented small businesses from being able to compete.

With the rise of 3D and 4D printing small businesses will be able to rapidly prototype and produce products that are needed in their local markets.

Small local businesses won’t need a huge SBA loan from a bank to get started. No way – 4D printing puts small design firms and companies on the same playing field as the major players. Woohoo! Score one for the little guys.

Check out this video to see what is coming down the pipe for local companies:

The coming years are going to be huge for the local entrepreneur and enterprising small companies. Could this lead to the rise of the fragmentation of major business and the rise of the local business?

philAdmin / February 11, 2015 / tech

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