Hugh Herr talks about the new prosthetics his team is creating at the MIT Media Lab. This is a highly personal talk, as Herr both creates and uses these limbs. Photo: James Duncan Davidson
Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at The MIT Media Lab, strolls onto the TED2014 stage in a pair of long, black shorts. Normally, what he’s wearing wouldn’t be of note—except that he’s chosen his ensemble today to show us something. Below the hem of his shorts, we see that he has two prosthetic legs. His lab not only creates bionic limbs; he wears them himself.
“Bionics explores the interplay between biology and design,” says Herr. “Today, I will tell human stories of bionic integration. Of how electromechanics attached to the body and implanted inside the body are beginning to bridge the gap between disability and ability, between human limitation and potential.”
Herr begins by…
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