The invention has the code name “Ginger,” and was developed by 49 year-old scientist Dean Kamen, who says that Ginger will change the world.
Kamen is an eccentric inventor who commutes to work by helicopter. He?s out of touch with popular culture, and once sat next to Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty at a White House dinner, and didn?t know who either of them were. He invented an off-road wheelchair called the iBot, that can climb stairs and move freely on sand and gravel, as well as rise up on two wheels.
Harvard Business School press has just paid journalist Steve Kemper a large advance for a book about this invention, even though they don?t yet know what it is about.