“We use technology in a positive way.” Easton LaChappelle is CEO of Unlimited Tomorrow. His job is about creating roboters, which have a great impact on people’s lifes. His dream started when he was about 14 years old: “At this age I had no kind of a concept about software, electronics or mechanics, so I started to teach myself from the internet.”
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
I wouldn’t do anything different but I guess just to prioritize your motivation, I think that’s powerful because there’s a lot of influences that can get you working on something that may not be the best for that time so really be looking at the bigger picture, looking at the future and really what you are doing now and how that will transfer to the future. I’d say just have fun along the way, enjoy where you are and enjoy every day and everyday is definitely a new day so make the most of it.
Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
My name is Easton LaChappelle, I’m CEO and founder of Unlimited Tomorrow.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
I pretty much build robots for fun and actually see it impact someone’s life which is an amazing feeling to, I look at life and what I’m trying to achieve and I say why not try to impact someone else’s life so that’s all we know, that’s all that’s here so you might as well use technology in a positive way, do good with it.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
What, there’s definitely a lot to do, there’s always something to do so, for me I work a lot, I work almost around the clock and there’s definitely not enough hours in the day. Really I think that’s the only down side. We going to do some amazing things, we have the equipment, we have the manpower and we have platforms like this to be able to spread amazing messages.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
I started the company a little over a year ago and around robotics and helping people work with technology and that’s definitely a big part of what I do day to day. It’s definitely different because I started with an idea, kind of a prototype in my bedroom and transitioned that into a company, so we definitely do a lot of prototyping, we use 3D printing almost every day and we also have the ability to create final products using ... to produce things that are metal. I also do a lot of work on the business side as far as the overall strategy, the structure, a lot of the legality between the IP and just the whole corporate legality as well. I definitely wear many hats in the company but from day to day we really turn ideas to reality. So I usually go in, I usually start the printers or take of the 3D printing pieces and then restart them and then we have a standard meeting where we talk about where we are with the projects, deadlines, those kinds of team management at that point. From there we split off. For me I usually do a lot of designing for mechanical designs and some software design, so I usually work on that and then if there are meetings along the way, I do that one that is appropriate and then usually I focus on business for the other half of the day which is again overall strategy and structure and getting all the legality into place.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
I kind of got into this robotics and building things in general, I was really 14 and so I turned 14 I came up with this idea to create these robotic hand controlled by wireless controlled glove. When I was 14 I had a farfetched idea, I had no kind of a concept about software electronics, mechanics to go into something like that. So I started teaching myself from everything that needs to go into a project like this from the internet so eventually it was a tremendous tool for me. I could collaborate with anybody from pretty much anywhere in the world, ask questions, get answers, have contents to really describe why, what, and how this is happening. I got to share which was a big part of this so I created my first robotic hand out of electrical tubing, fishing line as tendons, legos as plastic supports a little artsy airplane motors, if you actually move the hand, hand sawed the glove together to actually read the users hand movements and then the robotic hand will copy whatever hand movement that you do. From there I started getting into 3D modeling actually designing functional robotic hand into the computer but I got to a point where I needed to make this 3D model to a physical object. Now at that time there was this evolving technology called 3D printing but it was very expensive so I had to get creative and I actually had a friend of mine who was working at Make a board industries who was able to throw it overnight and I had to pay for shipping so it really helped to kind of push things along and enable. I started working on the full robotic arm finger tip up to the shoulder using material such as aluminum, a lot of software in that, bigger motors, new electronics, so I started really designing the system from the ground up and making it better and better. This arm was able to come and shake your hand .... reflex more human like motions and it started going on that direction. I took this into the science fair where I met a small seminar group with prosthetic limbs. The prosthetic limp was very simple; it worked to the finger tip with one motion 1 sensor. I found out from the parents that just this loan was 80,000 dollars now for me this was a high moment, this something I saw, this was something I put in my bedroom will potentially impact someone’s life and that kind of really got me motivated to try and make something better than what’s out there. I started addressing current issues with prosthetics which are definitely the cost, the weight, the functionality, how the individual actually controls this prosthetic limp. And so this is when I got my first 3D printer, I was about 16 at the time and started, in still my bedroom, to design everything, printing everything almost round the clock and was able to make a full functional robotic arm that could be used as a prosthetics so 3D printing enabled me to print something very custom, very functional that weighed, very low weights because of the plastics, because of the design and it was also really inexpensive. The control side, I wanted to find something that was very easy to for anybody to control so then everything started pointing to the brain. I wanted to use the brain to control robotic cans, but had very little knowledge of that so I started really researching, getting myself with neuroscience. I actually got this headset that was able to read brain waves and so I developed software and electronics to actually convert that into movement. Now the head set was also able to read facial gestures and in combination with the muscle sensor that I also developed, you were able to select what movement you wanted to move on the robotic arm and actually move that based off thought. So this was definitely a great moment for me, seeing something I created, to see something functional or actually works. From there this is when media started to pick it up, I was actually invited to the White House where President Obama shook hands with one of the arms I made and really just kind of put things in perspective for me. I actually started a company shortly after that with a private investor around a few new concepts of these robotic platforms as well as some very high medical devices and so when I turned 18, I founded the company called Unlimited Tomorrow and from then on I’ve been travelling the world spreading this message about really learning outside the education system and finding your passion and being able to do something like that.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
No, this is very unique and we are innovating technology we are not replicating technology, we are pushing this into a whole different level so we are definitely the frontiers of these new technologies and incorporating that with other technologies you create a result that can impact people’s lives. There’s also the designs so with card experience, modeling and 3D designs, systems design in general, electronic design, mechanical design, actual production so like using 3D printers, optimizing designs for certain manufacturing methods. Even on the business side, there’s a lot of skills that we use on that up to assembling so we are using things in new combination I guess.