NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Kamen was game to do a weekly TV show about science.
Under two conditions, that is:
First, he wanted to keep the focus squarely on science — especially its thrilling possibilities for youngsters who dive in.
Second, Kamen, a world-renowned inventor (maybe you've heard of his Segway human transporter), didn't feel like reinventing himself as a TV personality.
"I can be me. YOU can make it interesting," he told his new partners at the Planet Green network.
The upshot is the new Planet Green series "Dean of Invention," which turns Kamen loose to explore cutting-edge-and-beyond technologies.
He is paired with correspondent Joanne Colan, who has appeared on MTV, Fine Living Network, BBC and is a past host of the website "Rocketboom."
The eight-part "Dean of Invention" premieres with back-to-back half-hours Friday at 10 p.m. EDT.
Its first episode, "Meet the Microbots," probes the exciting realm of nanotechnology: medical instruments the size of fleas or even smaller; infinitesimal robots that might someday be deployed for surgery in the eye or brain, or even in the bloodstream to target cancerous cells and neutralize them.