Easton LaChappelle has been taking things apart since he was a child and is now changing industries. At 14, he made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire and electrical tubing. With his gradual improvement, the hand turned into an arm and advanced to a 3D-printed brain-powered invention that he could operate with his mind. After an encounter with a 7-year-old girl at a science fair whose prosthetic arm cost $80,000 (and would need to be replaced when she outgrew it), LaChappelle was inspired to turn his prototype into a practical and affordable device.
Not only were his designs amazing, but his young age in addition to his self-taught knowledge of robotics started to make an impact. President Obama shook hands with one of LaChappelle’s arms who has traveled the world spreading the message that you can learn outside of the education system, including a TED talk. He’s worked at NASA on the Robonaut project developing a new telerobotic interface.
At 18, LaChappelle founded his own company, Unlimited Tomorrow, to commercialize this technology and bring it to the masses. Unlimited Tomorrow’s mission is the empower people with technology. By using new technologies such as 3d printing, 3d scanning, and AI, it allows Unlimited Tomorrow to create a product that’s better, faster and more affordable than anything in the market.
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