*Presenter: Ron Kudla*
The Challenge of Human Disability: How can human capability be expanded when we are physically challenged by being confined to a wheelchair or if we are in a third-world country or on the battlefield? These three TED Talks provide examples of how individual achieved that outcome along with an improvement in their quality of life.
*“Deep Sea Diving in a Wheelchair”*/ /(2012) When Sue Austin got a power wheelchair, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she conveys the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. And she includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets her explore ocean beds, drifting through schools of fish, floating free in 360 degrees.
*“The All-Terrain Wheelchair”* (2012) How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build — for true accessibility — and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.
*“Human Exoskeletons for War and Healing”* (2012) Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics brings onstage two amazing exoskeletons, HULC and eLEGS — robotic add-ons that could one day allow a human to carry 200 pounds without tiring or allow a wheelchair user to stand and walk. It’s a powerful onstage demo, with implications for human potential of all kinds.