DEKA Research & Development Corporation is a company based in New Hampshire, founded in 1982 by Dean Kamen, consisting of nearly 400 engineers, technicians, and support staff. The name DEKA is derived from Dean Kamen's name.
DEKA's mission is "to foster innovation." Dean Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 by then President Clinton for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide. In 2003, his "Project Slingshot," a cheap portable water purification system, was named a runner-up for "coolest invention of 2003" by Time magazine.
- IBOT wheelchair, licensed to Johnson and Johnson
- HomeChoice portable dialysis machine, licensed to Baxter Healthcare
- Stirling engine technologies
- Segway, a personal transporter
- Slingshot (water vapor distillation system), portable water purification system
- Luke Arm , a DARPA project
- Silicone Ankle Foot Orthosis (SAFO) and FLO-TECH APOPPS, adjustable postoperative protective and preparatory systems to protect injuries during early rehabilitation, both spun off to Next Step Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.
Dean Kamen has developed a series plug-in hybrid car using a Ford Think and a Stirling engine. DEKA has shown off its new electric car, the DEKA Revolt, a zippy two-seat hatchback that can go about 60 miles (97 km) on a single charge of its lithium battery. The Stirling engine is used for cabin heat, windshield defrosting and battery recharging.
Stirling engines can use any fuel and are affordable for the average consumer.
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