From Digi International: From XBee Project to Life-Changing Robotic Limb Products
We first met Easton LaChappelle four years ago when he was only 17-years-old. Easton took us by surprise as a self-taught maker who set his mission on creating brain-powered prostheses powered by Digi’s XBee RF modules. Using 3-D printing and XBees, Easton created what the market so desperately needed, a prosthetic that sold for less than $400, robotic nonetheless.
Easton not only taught himself but found the most useful tools to progress his mission. He used found these tools and “how to” resources in online communities and set himself free from the limitations that so often hold others back.
We weren’t the only ones to take notice. Today, at 21-years-old, Easton has worked with NASA on The Robonaut, and he’s now working with Tony Robbins, Microsoft, and others to make his dream come true. His company, Unlimited Tomorrow, focuses on making life-changing robotic limbs available and affordable for those who need it most.
It all started when he met a little girl with a prosthetic arm. He found out that her parents had to pay $80,000 for it—and not the ‘smart’ kind that Easton could then see was possible. Take a look at how far he’s come today:
“Easton is an absolute genius! He’s dreamed of transforming people’s lives through robotics since he was just 17 years old (I started funding him when he turned 18) and has turned his dreams into reality! Check out these life-changing results he’s creating with 3D-printed prosthetics!” Tony Robbins says.
To see more amazing XBee projects and meet up-and-coming makers, visit the XBee project gallery here.
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