Invention

MacArthur "genius" grant to TEDster Saul Griffith

Posted by: Tedstaff

Saul_Griffith_2006_stageshot.jpgSaul Griffith (watch his TEDTalk) has been awarded a 2007 MacArthur “genius” grant.

Griffith is one of the brains behind Instructables, a community website that lets users share directions for … almost anything, from building your own home lathe to “How to Kiss.” His think-tank design firm, Squid Labs, has invented an array of new devices and materials — such as a “smart” rope that senses its load, or a machine for making low-cost eyeglass lenses through a process inspired by a water droplet — and has now spun off several separate companies to dig deeper into some of the technologies it has pioneered, including Potenco, which makes the groovy pull-string power source for the XO laptop.

Look for other talks on TED.com from MacArthur grantees, including Majora Carter (2005), Anna Deavere Smith (1996) and Amy Smith (2004). With more to come …

Comments (1)

  • TEDBlog Reader commented on Nov 25 2007

    I would like to get some recognition for my idea @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Yxzz14IR4
    this is an almost perpetual motion machine and the idea has much room for expansion. I have many ideas and many of my ideas are already out there by others.

    I want to be part of a think tank. I graduate from Auburn University in May 2008 in Electrical and Computer Engineering.