Easton LaChappelle has been pulling things apart since he was a child and is now disrupting an entire industry. At 14, he made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire, and electrical tubing.
We at Pioneers are proud to present our youngest speaker to date. We couldn’t miss the chance of flying out 19 year-old Easton LaChappelle all the way from Colorado. The young pioneer has been pulling things apart since the age of 14 and is now disrupting industries. His first robotic hand was made out of LEGO, proving that neither age nor money should decrease our game-changing ideas.
This tech hero has improved his self-taught robotics skills, and has turned his initial Lego design into a 3D-printed invention operated with his mind. His inspiration? A 7-year-old girl at a science fair, with an $80,000 prosthetic arm. Something he found outrageously unaffordable.
His improved prototype is already online for less than $400. This young genius has even impressed President Obama, who shook hands with one of his robotic arms. A unique success story, that has already landed him a job at NASA.
At only 19, he can already tell us all about founding his own company, Unlimited Tomorrow. Where he develops an exoskeleton to help paraplegics walk again. Easton’s robotic arm and designs are all open source, helping anyone to become their own engineer. We can’t be more impressed!
DEEP DIVE – “ROBOTICS AT ITS FINEST” – Thursday May 28, Arena Stage 16:00 – 17:05
Can’t wait till the festival to find out more? Check the documentary [5:45 min] below: