DEKA (company)

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Founded 1982
Founder Dean Kamen
Headquarters Manchester, New Hampshire
Key people
Dean Kamen
Products Research & Development
Website DEKA Official Website

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. DEKA is an acronym derived from Dean Kamen.

The company is located in a series of old Amoskeag Falls Millyard buildings in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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.[1][2]

Dean Kamen appeared on The Colbert Report showing off his water purifier by dumping Doritos into a red liquid, and having it purify the red liquid into a clear colorless pure water[3][4]

DEKA is a major sponsor and strategic partner of FIRST,[5] also founded by Dean Kamen.

DEKA was a microdispensing contractor for the development of Coca Cola Freestyle.[6][7][8]


Electric vehicles[edit]

Dean Kamen has developed a series plug-in hybrid car using a Ford Think and a Stirling engine.[11] 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.[11] 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[citation needed].

Kamen's team has also folded it into a hybridized Th!nk City as the on-board generator for the electric drive system.[12]

In 2009, development of the two-wheeled Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (PUMA) vehicle was announced in cooperation with General Motors.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grossman, Lev (2003). "TIME Magazine: Coolest Inventions 2003, Water Purifier". Time. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ Plummer, Daryl (2003-10-30). "The Gartner Fellows: Dean Kamen Interview". Gartner. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Dean Kamen". 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Colbert: First Vid of Dean Kamen's Miracle Water Distiller". Gizmodo. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  5. ^ "FIRST Strategic Partners". FIRST. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. [dead link]
  6. ^ Collier, Joe Guy (2009-09-29). "Coke targets Freestyle expansion for 2010". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  7. ^ Goodwin, Jenifer (2009-07-22). "Futuristic, 100-flavor Coke dispenser tested". San Diego, CA: Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Coca-Cola's Freestyle, Dean Kamen, and More". Atlanta, Georgia: Businessweek. September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
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  10. ^ "Next Step". Manchester, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Business Resource Center. August 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  11. ^ a b Wickham, Shawne K. (2008-11-09). "Kamen's Revolt". New Hampshire Sunday News. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  12. ^ Wojdyla, Ben (2008-11-13). "Dean Kamen Creates Hybrid Th!nk City Car With Stirling Engine". Jalopnik. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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