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Breakout Artist (Profile of Dean Kamen - Inventor of "IT")
Wired Magazine ^
| Scott Kirsner
Posted on 12/02/2001 6:30:14 PM PST by SamAdams76
Edited on 06/29/2004 7:08:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson.
Dean Kamen, multimillionaire inventrepreneur, is going global with a robochair that climbs stairs, a miracle motor that fights disease, and his wildest notion of all - that scientists will be the 21st century's superstars.
Dean Kamen's sense of what's possible is governed by the immutable laws of nature. Everything else is up for grabs.
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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
It would appear that Dean Kamen is not the "left-wing environmental wacko" that many Freepers are calling him tonight because of his motor scooter invention. Kamen sounds like a very intelligent guy and I wish him luck with the invention he is going to unveil tomorrow.
From what I've heard, this 'robochair' technology has been bought out by Johnson & Johnson and will be to market for about $25,000 in a year or so. I imagine, like everything else, the price will come down when/if it is ever mass produced.
posted on 12/02/2001 6:37:22 PM PST
Here is a picture of the "IT" invention. Look to the rear at the man in the blue shirt.
"left-wing environmental wacko"
To tell the truth, I don't care if this guy's motivation is environmental, financial, greed, selfish, philanthropic, benevolent or just plain nuts.
We need more like him. Innovation of any kind, let alone something that may have far reaching applications such as this is needed.
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posted on 12/02/2001 7:15:30 PM PST
Sounds like John Gault to me...
posted on 12/02/2001 7:19:35 PM PST
posted on 12/02/2001 7:29:52 PM PST
Great article. I don't think you can reliably classify this kind of maverick as either a liberal or a conservative. Certainly, as you say, he doesn't sound like a left-winger. He'll do what he wants and concentrate his energies on getting there, and if he needs Jean Shaheen and George W. Bush to accomplish it, he'll make friends of them both.
posted on 12/02/2001 7:32:25 PM PST
Kamen talks fast, and his voice retains the brassy streak of his native Long Island. He's funny and charismatic, but he has the air of someone used to shouldering big, improbable projects - driven, haunted, quixotic. He doesn't take vacations, and he hasn't paused to marry. "If I'm awake, I'm working," he says. "Deka and First are my work, my family, my hobby. They're everything."
I hope he donates to a sperm bank, because his DNA is just what this planet needs.
posted on 12/02/2001 7:40:59 PM PST
He'll do what he wants and concentrate his energies on getting there, and if he needs Jean Shaheen and George W. Bush to accomplish it, he'll make friends of them both.
I've heard he is already friends with Bush's father.
posted on 12/03/2001 5:43:35 AM PST
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