By Anne Cacherell
Meet Easton LaChappelle, founder and roboticist of Unlimited Tomorrow, a company whose mission is to create extreme technology at an affordable price, making it accessible to those who need it most.
LaChappelle started showing interest in the field of engineering and computer science at the age of 14, when he created his first robotic hand out of Legos, fishing wire and electrical tubing. Five years later, he is changing industries and is branded as the global leader in robotics for his range of low-cost, efficient and cutting edge technological designs.
This video features one of his most amazing creations, the 3D Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm. It picks up electrical impulses from the brain, tracks its patterns and then converts them to hand movements like change in grips and the opening and closing of the hand.
Aside from its revolutionary mind-control system and tele-robotic components, interested people can also 3D print it for less than $600. The instructions are available for free on his company website after you agree to a Creative Commons License.
This practical innovation will definitely improve the lives of amputees in a global scale. What can you say about their mission? How do you think robotics could impact human performance? Tell us what’s on your mind.