Dean Kamen Segues into Water and Electricity

Forget the side trip on the Segway, which did not revolutionize transportation and change the world. Others of Dean Kamen's inventions have, and continue to do so. In 1993 a product of the year was his water purifier; his latest idea for the third world is his stirling engine powered electricity generator that can be powered by anything, including the omnipresent cow patties in Indiia. Put them together and you could have a revolution. He has developed a microfinance model to support it and may soon be building them in a factory in Bangladesh. "If you could take all the diseases you could name, 80 percent would be wiped out if you just gave people clean water," says Kamen. "This [water purifier] makes 1,000 liters of clean water a day, and we don't care what goes into it. And that [power generator] makes a kilowatt off of anything that burns." ::Business 2.0