We’re walking the floor at Solidworks World 2018. One must see is Easton LaChappelle’s Unlimited Tommorrow (UT) exhibit. He is cranking out some amazing prosthetic devices! Easton at 14-years-old took an interest in robotics where he submitted a robotic artificial limb in a science fair. His epiphany with regard to his future role in the world of robotics came by way of his “chance” meeting with Momo an amputee. Easton was moved by this young girl’s plight. He learned that Momo was outfitted with an $80,00 artificial limb. Getting a closer look, he saw that her prosthetic was clearly inferior to his. From that moment on he set out to develop a new model in artificial limb creation and accessibility.
The Birth of a Vision
For a greater good, Easton LaChappelle chose to deny himself of all that’s common in the life of today’s teens. Now, seven years later at 22-years-old, his hard work is bearing fruit. Easton is garnering loads of industry support, with Microsoft showing up as one of the key sponsors. More importantly, he has perfected the artificial limb he set at to develop for Momo. Complete with physical characteristics natural to Momo, haptics, and much more, the prosthetic is a sight to behold. All I might add, to the tune of a modest $5k! It was a long time in coming, but LaChappelle and Momo finally met. Easton personally delivered and fitted Momo with her very own, personalized artificial limb!
A general overview of the Unlimited Tomorrow mission and development model is as follows: