There’s plenty of room in the fast-moving world of extreme sports for science. Ben Gulak proved it. As a teenager, the now-23-year-old had a big ambition: Winning the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. His senior project, the Uno, was a part Segway, part motorcycle vehicle that he developed as an environmentally friendly transportation option for consumers in Asia. Although regulatory issues thwarted that vision, the chairman of Intel at the time, Craig Barrett noticed Ben’s project, which won the “most marketable” award.
From there, Ben launched his won engineering design company, called BPG Werks, to develop a similar, even cheaper-to-produce concept — the DTV Shredder. Geared toward extreme-sports fans, he tough-looking all-terrain vehicle borrows elements from the Segway, motorcycle, and skateboard. “I really like the idea of bringing something new into the world, to an industry that’s been stagnant for a long time,” Ben said. With about 4,000 pre-sold to date, Ben anticipates that he’ll ship in November and will have 10,000 sold by the December holidays.
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