Javascript is not enabled.

Javascript must be enabled to use this site. Please enable Javascript in your browser and try again.

Dean Kamen: Fixing the World, Inventions, Segway Skip to content

Can blue light from your phone cause vision problems? Find out and learn more about your vision in the AARP Eye Center.

Personal Technology


Dean Kamen: Fixing the World

Inventor inspires future generations of innovators

Dean Kamen is one of today’s leading innovators. He’s famous for inventing the Segway and creating a wheelchair that climbs stairs, among other devices enhancing personal mobility. Kamen founded his company DEKA Research and Development in 1982, and the business is exclusively involved in inventing.

Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter.

“DEKA picks our projects based on one and only one thing: It’s got to be important, and if we succeed, it has to have the possibility of improving lives for a lot of people,” he says.

Fixing the world started for Kamen on Long Island, N.Y., in 1951. The son of a teacher (his  mother) and an illustrator (his father worked for Weird Science and Mad comic book), Kamen, before he was 30, had invented a wearable pump to deliver medicine. That invention, the AutoSyringe, made him a multimillionaire.

Today, Kamen holds more than 440 patents, employs 400 engineers, scientist and tool makers and has an invested interest to inspire tomorrow’s generation of innovators. Last March, Kamen attended the First Robotics Competition in Philadelphia, where he is a rock star to young people.    

“Kids in this country and around the world need to have role models and need to find heroes from the world of science and technology that can inspire them to do great things,” he says.

My Generation takes you to the first ever Robotics Competition in Philadelphia.

You may also like: Personal technology trends. 

Join the Discussion

0 | Add Yours

Please leave your comment below.

You must be logged in to leave a comment.