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72. Saul Griffith

Inventor of cofounder of Makani Power

  • <p>Griffin Kites</p>
  • <p>PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco</p>
  • <p>PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco</p>
  • <p>Makani</p>
  • <p>PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco</p>
  • <p>MAKE Magazine | SaulGriffith.com</p>
  • <p>Instructables.com</p>
  • <p>Instructables.com</p>
  • <p>Howtoons.com</p>
  • <p>Howtoons.com</p>
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    Griffin Kites

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    PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco

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    PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco

  • 04 /10

    Makani

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    PCG1 Human Powered Generator | Potenco

  • 06 /10

    MAKE Magazine | SaulGriffith.com

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    Instructables.com

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    Instructables.com

  • 09 /10

    Howtoons.com

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    Howtoons.com

At 35, Saul Griffith is already a prolific—and eclectic—inventor and entrepreneur. He has helped launch a half-dozen startups around his creations: a portable machine that makes cheap corrective lenses; a hand-powered gen-erator for recharging handheld devices; Instructables, a Web site for sharing do-it-yourself projects; and a play-ful science education site for kids. His latest company, Makani Power, is building huge kite turbines to convert high-altitude wind into energy (Google's investment: $15 million). "I very much enjoy the process of creating something new," says Griffith, an avid kite surfer, "so my hobbies get entangled with my work." — by Chuck Salter

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