April 22nd, 2014
12:00 PM ET
April 22nd, 2014
11:57 AM ET

Boy Uses Savings to Buy Smoke Detectors

In today's edition of the " Good Stuff,"  a nine-year-old saves up for months to get a Playstation 4 but changes his priorities for the safety of his community. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Hector Montoya really wanted a Playstation 4.

After saving for months, he was well on his way to purchasing his dream toy – but then he saw a sad story on the news.

A mother and daughter in a nearby town died in a fire.  It turns out, their home didn't have a smoke detector.

"I said saving a life is more important," says Montoya.

The boy took all of his cash and bought smoke detectors, almost a hundred of them, and with the help of his local fire department, installed them for seniors and those in need.

See more at CNN affiliate KTVT and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know!

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April 22nd, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Naïvete is Key to Innovation

Turns out you can do a lot of really smart things, as long as you're clueless.

At Not Impossible Labs, we've already created a device to let a paralyzed painter create his art, using just the movement of his eyes. We made it to the Sudan and printed a new arm on a 3D printer for a teenaged boy whose arms were blown off in the war - and he fed himself for the first time in two years. And pretty soon, we'll have a device that will allow patients suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease to type on a computer - just by thinking.

We didn't have any fancy labs for any of this, or gigantic budgets. We didn't go through insurance companies or medical labs. We made all of these devices for maybe a couple hundred bucks apiece - some for much less. (the Brainwriter, as we're calling it, includes a homemade EEG device based on a prototype that a couple of our team members fashioned out of some electrodes, two nine-volt batteries, and an old sock, in their kitchen, at 2 in the morning. I wasn't there, but I'm told there was some whiskey involved as well).

In each case, the experts told us that what we were doing just couldn't be done.

Fortunately, we didn't listen, or didn't hear them, or ignored them, or were oblivious, or all of the above. We went ahead and tried anyway. And what do you know. It worked.

This all started when I met a graffiti artist named Tempt, who was paralyzed with ALS. I was a film producer, with no experience whatsoever in the field of technological medical devices. But when I learned how he was communicating with his family - they'd run their fingers over a piece of paper with the alphabet printed on it, he'd blink when they'd get to the letter he wanted, and, painstakingly, he'd spell out a sentence - I was moved, and angry, and a whole lot of other things. And I blurted out to his father, "We will find a way to get Tempt to paint again."

See, I was just clueless enough not to know that that was impossible.

Funny how that works.

MORE at CNN.com/Impact. 

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April 22nd, 2014
11:35 AM ET

Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV

A two-year-long legal battle between the country's biggest broadcasters and a startup called Aereo is about to culminate at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court's decision, expected sometime this summer, could have far-reaching implications for television and technology companies - and ultimately on how people watch TV programs.

That's because Aereo brings up crucial questions about copyright law and threatens to disrupt lucrative business models.

The court will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday morning. Legal experts are divided about the most likely outcome. But Aereo is undeniably the underdog, opposed by the owners of virtually all the major media companies in the United States.

"We believe that Aereo's business model, and similar offerings that operate on the same principle, are built on stealing the creative content of others," CBS said in a statement, echoing the views of others challenging Aereo.

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