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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's... 'IT'?
New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen's highly-secret invention, simply referred to as 'IT,' promises to transform the very fabric of our lives. Backed by some of the biggest names in the tech industry, 'IT' will be unveiled sometime next year. Why does Freepath care? Well, if 'IT' is as big as they say, we should all care.
Dean Kamen is the picture of the eccentric inventor, a 49-year-old bachelor and self-taught physicist who Wired.com reports "lives in a hexagonally-shaped house of his own design," with "a pulley system that can deliver a bottle of wine from the kitchen to the bedroom." (8/9/00) He commutes by helicopter, although he doesn't appear to get out much; it is reported he was seated next to Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty at a White House dinner and did not know who they were.
Yet one cannot write him off as a peddlar of lame plastic doohickeys on late-night infomercials. He is the multimillionaire inventor of the portable insulin pump and the portable kidney dialysis machine, among other notable inventions. He is an ardent believer in the power of technology to repair social ills. And right now, his ideas are commanding the ears of the world's most powerful technology figures, including Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr.
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