This MIT Engineer Built His Own Bionic Leg

This MIT Engineer Built His Own Bionic Leg


What we are doing in our lab right now is I think for the first time truly the first steps towards building cybernetic systems cyborgs You know, we’ve been reading about this in our science fiction for years and it’s finally starting to get there My entire life I never thought that I would be where I am now having had an amputation I have an opportunity to engineer my own body and I had always dreamed about that The implications of making a seamless connection between the body and the robot means that we be end disability My name is Everett Lawson, I’m a research assistant at MIT in the Media Lab. I Don’t know that I would necessarily call myself an inventor But I like to make things and I like to make things that allow me to see and feel and experience things that I would have not otherwise been able to I was born with a congenital Clubfoot and what it really came down to is that the bones were weaker? So even just stepping off of a curb I could break my foot I remember once I was running from a bear on a dirt road and I stepped on a rock and I broke my foot a Few years ago my wife and I found out that we were going to have our son August and I had reconstructive surgery to allow me to run around and chase my son And pick him up after he was born And after having that surgery I didn’t heal my leg was just absolutely deteriorating and The surgeon said well, we think that an amputation is going to be the best outcome for you And I was sitting in my office Dumbstruck and a great mentor of mine Happened to come to my office and saw me sitting there and He literally grabbed me by the arm, and he said that’s it And he took me and he marched me downstairs across the lab down into hue hers lab My name is Hieu her I’m a professor at MIT and I direct a research group called the biomechatronics group We develop wearable robots robots that attach to the body mechanically and neroli We met with Everett that day and Determined that Everett would benefit from receiving the Ewing amputation this experimental surgery which is a truly unique approach to performing an amputation In a traditional amputation and not only are they cutting through the bone but they’re also cutting through all the muscles and tendons as well in the Ewing procedure They preserve as much of that musculature as they can and the relationship of those muscles via their tendons. I Still have the musculature embedded into my limb, which means that I can have a direct neuromuscular interface with bionic limbs and That’s how I started this relationship with the biomechatronics lab My name is Matt Carney, I’m a PhD candidate here in the biomechatronics group and I have been building Bionic knees and ankles Trying to push the limits of what’s actually possible to get as close as possible or even better than biological performance What’s really interesting about everett is that because he’s had this amputation that allows him to have this Neural pathway that a traditional amputation doesn’t necessarily have so that he can have direct control of the robot How it works is that there are sensors that read the signals coming out of the muscles in my leg and It translates them into mechanical motion within the bionic limb so when I fire a muscle that would say point your foot down it directly translates to a motion in the Robotic vehicle, I think as well A range of motion for the dorsal flushing feels really good. It does. Yeah, I Remember the first time that I you know saw of Matt’s robotic engine and he turned on the controls I Wasn’t seeing the mechanics of this robot attached to my body. I was seeing my body being Continued all the way down to a foot that had a 1:1 relationship between the thought of motion and actual motion It was truly profound So you can put it on we’ll try it out we’ll turn it up a little bit I Need a little bit more resistance on heel strike Well, yes Mord Anthony for heel strike. How does it feel? I just made it. That’s way better quite a bit stiffer. Yeah Working with Matt and the team in the position of being a subject it is a really interesting situation for me but I also am an engineer and an inventor and you know, I also work on developing my own systems and Rather than trying to translate my thoughts into motion. I’m looking at how do I get sensory feedback back in? So I received this experimental surgery which preserved a lot of the musculature of my leg as well as portions of the nervous system And I began to realize that There were specific Spots on my leg that have an approximate sensation of the big toe the little toe the heel the middle of my foot And it was at that point that I started Prototyping building things in order to start exploring these sensations Within the last 48 hours. I’ve been able to build an array of sensors. They go on to the bottom of my prosthetic they’d send a signal back on to my residual limb a little bit of electricity across the surface of the skin to get the sensation of touch So I can reach down and I can touch This one and I have the sensation of my little toe. Oh Do you help Papa? Do you want to help me do science? You want to tickle the bottom of Papa’s robot foot pop off the bottom all the way on the bottom I’ll push that one. Oh, I feel then. Can you push other buttons? You’re touching my pinky toe and my big toe And it actually really tickles I Hadn’t thought some of this all the way through. Oh That’s no sir. That’s live wires August is born with bilateral clubbed feet the condition that I had but on both sides you Know the science has changed a lot and they’re able to do treatments to correct it But sitting there as a father You know looking at my son my motivation for building Bionic limbs came from thinking about the world that I want him to grow up in You know, I think it’s 2019 and it’s about time we got robots on people one hope coming out of this lab is that the work we were doing allows us to push the Capabilities of what the human body is even capable of doing so that at some point, you know It’s not just I feel so bad that you lost your limb. Here’s some prosthesis. It’s more like oh I lost my limb cool Look what I can do now I can upgrade that limb as I get older. I can change all of the functionality of it I have so much more capability now that I have this new robotic extension of my body The things that we’re developing now the prototype that I’m wearing today is just the beginning I Don’t think it’s ever going to stop it’s not about building something that does X and I can just move on from there It’s going to be a constant exploration Throughout the course of my life You

100 thoughts on “This MIT Engineer Built His Own Bionic Leg

  1. Could you guys make me a 7 inch dick I’m blessed with four inches but I’d love to be a bid 7 incher ……………….

  2. Genisys will soon be online! Pretty cool tech indeed. This is not only a future for amputees, but for severely injured or failing limbs and joints that cannot regenerate any longer.

  3. props to his old lady for sticking with him through thick and thin even when she may not love him. the son will appreciate it.

  4. If anyone knows can you please tell what is the song that plays at the very start of the video, one with the beat and edm like music.

  5. Long live …..Inventor… 😊
    Best science video ever
    Being mechanical engineer I can see minute things which makes huge differences in life…….

  6. Gentlemen, we can rebuild his leg. We have the technology. But I don't want to spend a lot of money on making it look real.

  7. Bloomberg is going to crash the Stock Market to help Bloomberg's chances in the 2020 election. I called it here and today… call me a liar. ScreenShot.

  8. What better motivation to study engineering, than this video. Someday man and machine will be fused into one. At the end of the day everything in this universe, living/non living, are made from the same materials.

  9. I remember watching Dr. Herr's TED talk about biomechanics about 5 or 6 years ago and feeling enchanted by the progress we have made as humanity. Also as a former student of robotics, it had always been my desire to one day see the days in which robotics don't necessarily exceed humanity's ability but compliments it.
    We're at this point now, with our many mistakes and errors as a species but we are exceptional, let us learn and improve together to become even more so.

  10. Am I a horrible person for wanting robotic parts? Am I not appreciating what I have? I mean, I'm sorry. But I want to be like Darth Vader!

  11. joh these guys arent real nerds….cyborgs have integratation this is just addition like an add on or a new dlc….its not cyborgs theyll come after we all die so just give up

  12. I so hope we don't see a total collapse of world society caused by global warming.
    Because then, at the end of the century, we will have progressed in sciences to a level beyond awesome. 🙂

  13. Wow its crazy to think about hoe Bloombergs servers are located in China and if they did anything to them Bloomberg would LITERALLY lose billions of dollars. If he becomes president of the US we officially become a puppet state to China. He even said China isn't a dictatorship.
    Overall touching story with the guy who lost the limb. I was worried about his offspring at the beginning due to genetics and if the clubbed feet would be transferred and it looks like it was.

  14. 😀 There are just some things people share in the world… That qualifies as MOMENTS. That moment when his son was tickling his toes… That was one of them. As profound as the first Falcon rocket booster landing. Amazing!

  15. Amazing. We need to make this mainstream. The more people know about this. The more Funding it get's. The cheaper it get's to actually help allot more people.

  16. Мы человечиства. Здесь на планете не. Раждался наша раждения на Астроет или каметов Попал. В ету планету из космоса я так думаю

  17. Dangerous concept this of developing prothesus without medical orientation. Thats what kill the makers.

  18. This is the people that deserve our attention, this is the people that change the world for the better. Thank you for your work!

  19. I remember when in 2010 we thought this would be near to impossible, I watched one of the videos about the few prototypes that were available at the time.

  20. All great but I doubt that many citizens will be able to afford it, together with advanced surgery. Especially in the US. No money, no leg.

  21. thinking about the last scene and the future of bionic legs , i think there will be pressure sensitive sensors over a uniform plate in the leg which can allow him to feel even the slightest of touch and also there will be specific sensors that can give you the feeling of water touching your feet … This is just so exciting .

  22. YEEEEEEESSSSSS
    I hope someday we can use technology too for people who lost some of the 5 senses .

    Sorry for my bad english.

  23. I haven't been able to walk for a year and I'll probably be an amputee. Shame I'll never be able to afford something like this.

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