Saul Griffith is a reinventor right out of central casting: MIT geek, MacArthur Fellow “genius,” serial entrepreneur, DARPA-funded innovator who is always working a decade ahead of everyone else. He is the founder or co-founder of numerous companies including: Otherlab, Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons, and Makani Power. He also worked closely with the One Laptop per Child team to develop a portable human-powered source sufficient to regenerate a battery in a low-cost laptop. Griffith has delivered TED talks on everyday inventions and wind energy and been profiled in The New Yorker.
Griffith is currently the co-founder and CEO of Otherlab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools and applying those tools to projects such as inflatable pneumatic robots and prostheses, novel approaches to heliostat design, and applications of computational origami to the design of pressure vessels (e.g. for compressed natural gas) in arbitrary shapes. Griffith has received numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventors award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. He holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production. Griffith co-authors the children’s comic books HowToons about building your own science and engineering gadgets. He is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics.
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