Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur, has pieced together a hybrid that uses electric battery power for the drive train, and a Stirling engine for heat and defogging. In a pinch, the Stirling engine can also be used to recharge the battery. Read the whole story at UnionLeader.com (See Also: Dean Kamen’s Deka Revolt Electric Car Runs on Any Fuel.
And check out this TedTalk from 2002. Kamen discusses the Stirling engine and it’s applications for water purifying and power production in poverty zones.
Dean Kamen: Rolling along, helping students and the third world.mp3
And here’s a Kamen TedTalk video where he discusses development of a prosthetic arm/hand that can pick up a raisin.
See Also: Esquire’s How Dean Kamen’s Magical Water Machine Could Save the World.
See Also: Telegraph’s Dean Kamen: part man, part machine.