|Born||1974 (age 42â€“43)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales (B.MET.E)
University of Sydney (M.E.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)
|Known for||Low-cost eyeglasses,
The principal and only way to make an heirloom product is to design something that people will need not just this year, but for the next 50 or 100 years.
In many respects, designing heirloom products means saying no to designing consumer crap that you know will not last very long.
If you write your own tools, you can sort of see new things, design new things.
If you have to design something, choose things that we need as opposed to frivolous things that we might just want for a month or two for bragging rights.
I need to be thinking about a few things at once. I think it actually helps because you're cross-fertilizing yourself.
Conventional turbines only work up to 200 feet, but capturing a small fraction of the global wind energy at higher altitudes could be sufficient to supply the current energy needs of the globe.
I think in reality, today, if you use the same tools as everyone else, you kind of build the same products.
I think there's an infinite number of cool technology sports that should exist that don't.