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SlingShot (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, News | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future ... See full summary »

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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forgo parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond. Written by Anonymous

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The uncredited pundit who says that the Segway failed because, "at $5,000, it's a pretty expensive toy," is Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief of Cars.com. See more »

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Like most, I'd heard of the Segway, even considered purchasing one for myself, but I hadn't given a whole lot of thought to who had actually invented it. And had never heard of Dean Kamen or his work.

'SlingShot' was a wake up call, both to the presence of Dean Kamen, the modern day Edison or DaVinci, and to the seriousness of the issues he's passionate about. STEAM/STEM and FIRST Robotics seem like the next logical step for schools to take and it surprises me that these programs aren't a nationwide standard. I wish I had them when I was in school.

But, I think more impressively is what 'SlingShot' did to my outlook on the water crisis. Wow. I never fully understood what people and especially young girls have to go through every day just to drink or wash or cook. Something has to be done and it's my hope Dean Kamen will be the one to accomplish it.

This movie makes me want to do something. Watch it and be inspired. We can fix this.


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