Saul Griffith (born 1974) is an Australian American inventor. He is the founder or co-founder of seven companies, including Otherlab (where he is currently CEO), Makani Power, and Instructables.


In 2000, Griffith graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Engineering degree.[1] 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.[2]


Saul is the co-founder and CEO of OtherLab, a research and development company working on computational manufacturing and design tools[3] and applying those tools to projects such as inflatable pneumatic robots and prostheses,[4] novel approaches to heliostat design,[5] and applications of computational origami to the design of pressure vessels (e.g. for compressed natural gas) in arbitrary shapes.[6]

Previously, he was a co-founder of Squid Labs, and its spinout companies and projects Makani Power, Instructables, Wattzon, HowToons, OptiOpia, Potenco and Monkeylectric.[7]

Saul Griffith giving a talk at Poptech 2008

Griffith now lives in San Francisco.[8]


He is married to Tim O'Reilly's daughter Arwen.


  1. ^ "Meet the class of 2007: Saul Griffith". MacArthur Fellows Program. MacArthur Foundation. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Griffith, Saul (September 2004). Growing Machines (Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Projects". otherlab.com. 
  4. ^ "Solve for X: Saul Griffith on inflatable robots". youtube.com. 
  5. ^ "Novel, Disruptive Approaches to Heliostat Design". sunfolding.com. 
  6. ^ "Conformable Tank". otherlab.com. 
  7. ^ Holthouse, David (December 6, 2007). "How $500,000 can save the world". Fortune Small Business. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ "September 15, 2010". The Colbert Report. September 15, 2010. Comedy Central. 

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