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engineering innovations inventor

Saul Griffith, engineering innovations inventor. Achievements include patents and patents pending in optics, textiles, and nanotechnology; invention of of smart electronic rope, Time Magazine top invention, 2005.


Griffith, Saul was born in 1974.


In 2000, Griffith graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Engineering degree. He won a scholarship to MIT Media Lab to study towards a PhD that he completed in 2004. The subject of his PhD Thesis was "self-replicating machines". They were one of the first instances of artificial replication being demonstrated using real physics.


Co-founder Low Cost Eyeglasses. Co-founder, technical advisory Potenco. Founder, president, chief scientist Makani Power.

Co-founder, chairman Optiopia, Inc. Co-founder partner, principal Squid Labs, LLC, Alameda, California. Technical advisory Potenco, Alameda, California.


  • He is the founder or co-founder of seven companies, including Otherlab (where he is currently CEO), Makani Power, and Instructables. He won a scholarship to MIT Media Lab to study towards a PhD that he completed in 2004. Saul is the co-founder and CEO of OtherLab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools and applying those tools to projects such as inflatable pneumatic robots and prostheses, novel approaches to heliostat design, and applications of computational origami to the design of pressure vessels (eg for compressed natural gas) in arbitrary shapes.

    Previously, he was a co-founder of Squid Labs, and its spinout companies and projects Makani Power, Instructables, Wattzon, HowToons, OptiOpia, Potenco and Monkeylectric.


  • Other Work

    • Co-founder Thickcycle. Org, co-founder, co-author (animated educational resource) HowToons, co-founder Instructables. Com, columnist, contributor, technical advisory Make Magazine, columnist, contributor Craft Magazine, technical advisory Popular Mechanics Magazine.