Dean Kamen invented the Segway and lives in a house with secret passages, a helicopter garage, a closet full of denim and a massive 19th-century steam engine filling its atrium. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about developing home dialysis technology and choosing to forego parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing.
EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk was impressed by this documentary and stated: "This is the best documentary I have seen this year. Film director and producer Paul Lazarus has put together a brilliant masterpiece about "the Einstein from now", brilliant inventor Dean Kamen. The film is an eye opener on how a world's health crisis can be solved and needs to be supported by everyone who does not want to be labeled as ignorant. What a beautiful narrative! What a story about following a passion altruistically with a goal to improve problems in the world and especially the ones that involve a person's health. With EYES IN Magazine we fully support Dean Kamen's invention the SlingShot and are hoping that the corporate and non-profit world will totally adopt this sooner than later. The fact that water could become the world's answer to peace and that Dean Kamen should be nominated as the next Nobel Prize Winner for Peace is makes this a top issue to be covered by all media sources ."
SlingShot is an inspiring portrait of an American legend who might just have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions. In 2013 veteran Theater and TV Director, Paul Lazarus debuted a short documentary at the Sundance Film Festival that was the first look at this inspiring feature-length film that has won numerous awards along the film festival circuit.
SlingShot focuses on inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. Iconoclast, Kamen, best known for his Segway Human Transporter, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative worldview, Kamen is our era’s Thomas Edison. He takes on the world’s grand challenges one invention at a time. Kamen engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the iBot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded First robotics to inspire young students, and on and on.
Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people’s lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world’s water supply. Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens. Dean Kamen has invented an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water (seawater, poisoned well water, river sludge, etc.) into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters. Kamen has nicknamed his device the SlingShot as in the David and Goliath story. In Kamen’s imagining, undeveloped countries are filled with little Davids, and just like the biblical slingshot and stone, the SlingShot device is the tiny piece of technology that is going to take down the gigantic Goliath of bad water.
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