So by now, you might have already seen this story so I won't show you the news clips (plus, do I ever show you the news clip?) No, below is the story of the researcher who designs kewl, tech exoskeletons and decided to make one that is affordable.
Affordable as in the price dropped from $100,000 to $15,000.
Technology is one of my favourite things to learn about. But affordable technology that makes peoples' lives better, richer, fuller? That's the stuff I drool over.
So here are two videos from UC Berkeley, where the research is taking place. First up, a brief interview with Berkeley engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni, who is leading the project. Just listen to the passion in his voice. And then watch Austin Whitney, paralyzed in a car accident, walk across the stage to get his diploma.
Even if you saw the news footage, watch it again without the annoying reporter voiceoiver. And try not to cry when you see Austin use the exoskeleton to walk. (I cry every time I see the Chancellor give him a big bear hug)