At age 14, Easton LaChappelle met a 7-year-old girl who had a prosthetic arm…
The limb could only open and close, and yet it cost $80,000. He thought he could do better, and do it for under $1,000. He set to work in his bedroom, and later in the family garage then 3D printing of prosthetic arms became an affordable reality.
In less than 3 years, he was making a prototype limb for under $500 that was actually interfacing with the nervous system of its owner.
What’s more, he is only doing this to make the world a better place! He could have made millions on his discoveries thus far, but instead, he releases all his intellectual property to the world by making them open sourced!
At age 19 he founded Unlimited Tomorrow, a phenomenal company with the aim to make affordable yet extraordinary robotic limbs. How cool is that? Take a look this video from his website, showing what youth can do when they are left to follow their passions:
An awesome TED Talk by Easton! He is so authentic: funny, nervous, passionate. What a delight! Take a look if you have a few more minutes.
Great stuff! Lovely to see a future “thought leader” just getting started, and it does rekindle the flame of hope a bit.
Keep reminding yourself that the negative 24-hour news cycle is only showing us the dramatic dramas of the “outliers”.
Meanwhile, stay open, curious, and hopeful!
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- “Meet The Teenager Trying To Change The World.” Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc., 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 14 Sept. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hasqFJBBAHU>. ↩
- LaChappelle, Easton. “3D Printing in Animatronics: Easton LaChappelle at TEDxMileHigh.” TEDx Talks, 15 July 2013. Web. 17 Sept. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=CfmNXPMjChs>. ↩