Dean Kamen's DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It's controlled by electrical signals from the wearer's muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prosthetic approved by the FDA for sale to the general public.
As the story goes, the Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am was just cruising on his Segway, thinking about technology and stuff—when he decided to call up Dean Kamen and got hoodwinked into hosting the FIRST Robotics Championship.
Last Saturday, Atlanta's Georgia Dome was packed with students cheering on the FIRST Robotics Competition national championship. We covered the final matches via live feed, but these up-close photos truly capture the event's electric atmosphere.
Tomorrow, squads of rough and tumble robots will face off in an elaborate competition involving hard-hitting soccer in a robo-ready jungle gym arena. The craziest part: all the bots are built by high school students.
Dean Kamen is both notoriously shy and uninterested when it comes to media appearances, but Stephen Colbert was able to lure him in with his earnest, unrelenting, right-wing agenda. And Kamen even brought his DARPA-funded bionic Luke Arm. Full video:
Everybody in this photo: Jared Cohen, US State Department; Dave Morin, Facebook; John Cusack; Dean Kamen; Bill Gates; Arianna Huffington; Michael Shermer, Skeptic Magazine; and (sorta) Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing. So, uh, you guys tell us what's going on here. [BoingBoing]
The early '00s saw a lot of breathless reporting about the Segway. Steve Jobs endorsed it and Time magazine ran a massive piece with the humbling title "Reinventing The Wheel"—the conclusion of three months of in-depth reportage.
Anyone who knows tech knows certain names—Gates, Jobs, Woz, Kamen, Stringer—but before they became legends, they were busy doing, well, some curious stuff. Here's a glance at their lives circa 1979:
One without a whole bunch of ramps, surprisingly. The interior has living spaces and working spaces, housing both a lab and a crazy wooden maze of banisters and staircases.
There's nothing more you have to do than point and laugh at this poor woman and her Segway. You would have thought the other woman would be the one to eat it, karmically speaking. [BBG]
This past year, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs began to focus on priorities other than tech. Who will fill their winged sandals and become the new Gadget Gods?
A recent CNN interview has revealed that Segway inventor Dean Kamen often loses sleep about giving up on a project that he knows deep down will never pan out.
Caught for the first time on video, Segway inventor Dean Kamen presented his Vapor Compression Distiller on last night's Colbert Report. The distiller is a chemical-, membrane-, and filter-free water purifier. Kamen claims the box draws pure drinkable water from oceans, poisons—even a 50-gallon drum of urine. He has …
So we're hanging in the robotics area of the Sands Convention Hall, about to talk to WowWee, when our contact says, "Can you excuse me for a second? Dean Kamen is here...it's the opportunity of a lifetime." He runs off giddy. You know Dean Kamen as the inventor of the Segway (as well bigger milestones like the first…