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Easton LaChappelle wanted to create something new, something user friendly, something the public really needed. He began with an idea he had at age 14 and to develop a prosthetic arm. He has been inspired by a 7 year old girl to push himself further and develop a fingertip to shoulder limb which is controlled by the human brain. LaChappelle encourages us to redefine the proverbial box and stare down expectations.


Easton LaChappelle, began working with robotics when he was 14. He lives in Mancos, Colorado, where he is about to start his senior year of high school, and is challenging the future of prosthetics and telerobotics. His long-term goal is to create an affordable upper-limb prosthesis that is neural controlled and stronger than a human. He has two 3D printers in his room where he makes all the joints, gears and custom parts needed for a robotic limb. He has been featured in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines. He will be working on NASA’s Robonaut project this summer. He placed 2nd in the world in engineering at the 2012 International Science Fair.



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