Easton LaChappelle was 14 years outdated when he designed and constructed his first robotic arm. Ten years later, he is now the CEO of his personal firm, trying to upend the prosthetics trade.
Limitless Tomorrow not too long ago began taking orders for TrueLimb, its personalized, 3D-printed robotic arm. TrueLimb candidates scan their limbs utilizing a 3D-scanner at house with the assistance of a good friend or member of the family. Historically, getting match for a prosthetic requires working with a prosthetist, which might drive up the price. A conventional machine can price as much as $80,000. TrueLimb prices $8,000, largely as a result of there is no intermediary concerned.
In my interview with LaChappelle, he instructed me he based Limitless Tomorrow just a few years after coming into his machine within the Colorado State Science Honest, when he seen a younger lady taking an curiosity in his invention.
“She was trying on the particulars greater than actually some other child. And it caught my eye and I spotted that she was lacking her proper arm and sporting a prosthesis.”
Nearly one 12 months later, then-President Barack Obama would ask for a handshake with considered one of LaChappelle’s innovations on the White Home Science Honest.
See extra of my interview with LaChappelle, and extra about how TrueLimbs work, within the video above.
Limitless Tomorrow is concentrated on robotic arms proper now, however it’s exploring increasing into prosthetic legs and exoskeletons.