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Dean Kamen, Inventor; Founder, DEKA Research and Development Corp.

Dean Kamen, Inventor; Founder, DEKA Research and Development Corp.

Earlier this month IBM Research hosted the inaugural Smarter Energy Research Institute Conference (SERI) where energy and utility experts from around the globe came to share ideas and demonstrate prototype applications that shine a light on the next generation of analytics for the utility industry. Famed inventor and creator of the Segway Personal Transporter, Dean Kamen, delivered the keynote address and spoke of the need to inspire the next generation of great inventors.

The Smarter Planet blog sat down with Kamen prior to his speech to get his views on the future of the individual inventor, his pursuit of a solution to provide drinkable water to the 2 billion humans living without it, and what the utility of the future may look like. (The following is an excerpt.)

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2 Comments
 
July 12, 2013
5:39 am

I would have love to see the Slingshot in action as well. How does it work? what is the price if already on the market…


Posted by: Gabrielle
 
July 12, 2013
4:03 am

Great interview. I do feel inspired on how technology is making a difference in communities. Would have been more visually impactful to see the Slingshot in action (maybe on how it serves its purpose in a village).


Posted by: Audrey
 
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