Ryan Thomason

TV Preview: Dean of Invention

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I’ve been pretty fortunate to come across great shows from the Discovery Channel Networks to review. So when I was given an opportunity to get an early look at Dean of Invention that will be on Planet Green, I jumped at it easily. Let’s get you introduced to the players first.

Dean Kamen; Inventor, physicist and entrepreneur, is recognizable as the inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. What you probably didn’t know is that he holds 440 patents in the US and Worldwide, mostly in the health care field. His newest project is a water purification system that is being design to help provide clean drinking water to the 1.1billion people without it. So yeah, he kind of knows what he is talking about when it comes to inventions and science.

Joanna Colan joins Dean as a host, her seven years of experience in hosting, writing and doing what seems like everything else in the television and radio market. Her focus is mainly oin the areas of new media, science, health and sustainability. So yeah, she’s a professional host, and a good one. It helps she has a British accent.

Let’s get to what you really want to know, is this show worth watching? Mind you, this Series World Premier will be airing on Planet Green Friday, October 22nd at 10pm (ET). Now, you may want to check your satellite/cable providers to see if you get this sister channel of Discovery Channel. If you do, great! If you don’t, I’m going to try and see if it will make its way onto Hulu or be available for streaming from their sites. Why would I go through that effort for you? Because, I think this is the type of show people should be watching instead of some junk reality TV show. (Update: It looks like you have to have access to this channel as their website doesn’t have a video feed for their shows.)

Meet the Microbes (first episode) was informative, and engaging. I may be a little bias because I absolutely love learning about developing technologies, even though I was/am horrible in math and science growing up. What was explored in this episode was how we are moving into a micro scale of robots that will be eventually used to treat tumors, cancer, and other disease from within the body without the use of scalpel and other surgical tools. One thing that I really liked was that the hosts/editors knew when to step aside and let the people explain their work and theories, and when to take over and do that explanation or expansion of knowledge talk.

The stuff about micro robotics is pretty damn cool, and true to the show, they found advancements that really get you excited about the possibilities of it happening. These weren’t far flung ideas that will take half a lifetime of research and development. We got an inside look at truly emerging technologies that who knows where they will take us in the next ten years. Granted there was a little part that if you are squeamish about eyeball surgeries, you might want to look away. They were pig eyeballs bought from a butcher though if it makes you feel any better.

If you have access to the Planet Green channel, I highly suggest you tune in this Friday, or set your DVR to record it. This will be a fresh new program on the progressing network that will really keep your attention. Remember, this show isn’t just trying to bludgeon you over the head uselessly, it is informative and exciting. If you want to actually be excited about the direction technology is leading mankind, you owe it to yourself to watch this show.

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