Colbert: First Vid of Dean Kamen's Miracle Water Distiller

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 reportedly worked on the contraption for five years, but early prototypes were pretty ugly. This one looks ready for mass production, and with enough, Kamen says we could "wipe out 50% of human disease." Good luck with that, Deano, we're behind you all the way. (That other 50% must be a monumental bitch.) [Colbert Nation]

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A couple years ago, this got written up in forbes, alongside the 1KW power generator that Kamen invented which can be run off of burning cow dung (sterling engine, as I recall it). I think the thought is that the generator and purifier can be run together, or the purifier run off of waste heat from the generator. Honestly, he's partnered up with the guy who started the gremayne bank in Bangladesh, so I'd not brush this off so lightly. It doesn't matter where you are, this device would seem to have some value. However one might want to knock Kamen, he's got a lot of smarts and a very idealistic streak to his personality without being a Henry Ford style dictator. Between his wheelchair, the DARPA arm, the generator and this thing, I'd say he's okay by me.