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  • Sarge Salman: All the way from Los Altos Hills, California,

  • Mr. Henry Evans.

  • (Applause)

  • Henry Evans: Hello.

  • My name is Henry Evans,

  • and until August 29, 2002,

  • I was living my version of the American dream.

  • I grew up in a typical American town near St. Louis.

  • My dad was a lawyer.

  • My mom was a homemaker.

  • My six siblings and I were good kids,

  • but caused our fair share of trouble.

  • After high school, I left home to study

  • and learn more about the world.

  • I went to Notre Dame University

  • and graduated with degrees in accounting and German,

  • including spending a year of study in Austria.

  • Later on, I earned an MBA at Stanford.

  • I married my high school sweetheart, Jane.

  • I am lucky to have her.

  • Together, we raised four wonderful children.

  • I worked and studied hard to move up the career ladder,

  • eventually becoming a chief financial officer

  • in Silicon Valley, a job I really enjoyed.

  • My family and I bought our first and only home

  • on December 13, 2001,

  • a fixer-upper in a beautiful spot

  • of Los Altos Hills, California,

  • from where I am speaking to you now.

  • We were looking forward to rebuilding it,

  • but eight months after we moved in,

  • I suffered a stroke-like attack caused by a birth defect.

  • Overnight, I became a mute quadriplegic

  • at the ripe old age of 40.

  • It took me several years,

  • but with the help of an incredibly supportive family,

  • I finally decided life was still worth living.

  • I became fascinated with using technology

  • to help the severely disabled.

  • Head tracking devices sold commercially

  • by the company Madentec

  • convert my tiny head movements into cursor movements,

  • and enable my use of a regular computer.

  • I can surf the web, exchange email with people,

  • and routinely destroy my friend Steve Cousins

  • in online word games.

  • This technology allows me to remain engaged,

  • mentally active,

  • and feel like I am a part of the world.

  • One day, I was lying in bed watching CNN,

  • when I was amazed by Professor Charlie Kemp

  • of the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech

  • demonstrating a PR2 robot.

  • I emailed Charlie and Steve Cousins of Willow Garage,

  • and we formed the Robots for Humanity project.

  • For about two years, Robots for Humanity

  • developed ways for me to use the PR2

  • as my body surrogate.

  • I shaved myself for the first time in 10 years.

  • From my home in California,

  • I shaved Charlie in Atlanta. (Laughter)

  • I handed out Halloween candy.

  • I opened my refrigerator on my own.

  • I began doing tasks around the house.

  • I saw new and previously unthinkable possibilities

  • to live and contribute,

  • both for myself and others in my circumstance.

  • All of us have disabilities in one form or another.

  • For example, if either of us wants to go 60 miles an hour,

  • both of us will need an assistive device called a car.

  • Your disability doesn't make you any less of a person,

  • and neither does mine.

  • By the way, check out my sweet ride. (Laughter)

  • Since birth, we have both suffered from the inability

  • to fly on our own.

  • Last year, Kaijen Hsiao of Willow Garage

  • connected with me Chad Jenkins.

  • Chad showed me how easy it is

  • to purchase and fly aerial drones.

  • It was then I realized that I could also use

  • an aerial drone to expand the worlds

  • of bedridden people through flight,

  • giving a sense of movement and control

  • that is incredible.

  • Using a mouse cursor I control with my head,

  • these web interfaces allow me

  • to see video from the robot

  • and send control commands

  • by pressing buttons in a web browser.

  • With a little practice, I became good enough with this interface

  • to drive around my home on my own.

  • I could look around our garden

  • and see the grapes we are growing.

  • I inspected the solar panels on our roof. (Laughter)

  • One of my challenges as a pilot is to land the drone

  • on our basketball hoop.

  • I went even further by seeing if I could use

  • a head-mounted display, the Oculus Rift,

  • as modified by Fighting Walrus,

  • to have an immersive experience

  • controlling the drone.

  • With Chad's group at Brown,

  • I regularly fly drones around his lab

  • several times a week, from my home 3,000 miles away.

  • All work and no fun makes for a dull quadriplegic,

  • so we also find time to play friendly games

  • of robot soccer. (Laughter)

  • I never thought I would be able to casually

  • move around a campus like Brown on my own.

  • I just wish I could afford the tuition. (Laughter)

  • Chad Jenkins: Henry, all joking aside,

  • I bet all of these people here

  • would love to see you fly this drone

  • from your bed in California 3,000 miles away.

  • (Applause)

  • Okay, Henry, have you been to D.C. lately?

  • (Laughter)

  • Are you excited to be at TEDxMidAtlantic?

  • (Laughter) (Applause)

  • Can you show us how excited you are?

  • (Laughter)

  • All right, big finish.

  • Can you show us how good of a pilot you are?

  • (Applause)

  • All right, we still have a little ways to go with that,

  • but I think it shows the promise.

  • What makes Henry's story amazing

  • is it's about understanding Henry's needs,

  • understanding what people in Henry's situation

  • need from technology,

  • and then also understanding

  • what advanced technology can provide,

  • and then bringing those two things together

  • for use in a wise and responsible way.

  • What we're trying to do is democratize robotics,

  • so that anybody can be a part of this.

  • We're providing affordable, off-the-shelf robot platforms

  • such as the A.R. drone, 300 dollars,

  • the Suitable Technologies beam, only 17,000 dollars,

  • along with open-source robotics software

  • so that you can be a part of what we're trying to do.

  • And our hope is that, by providing these tools,

  • that you'll be able to think of better ways

  • to provide movement for the disabled,

  • to provide care for our aging population,

  • to help better educate our children,

  • to think about what the new types

  • of middle class jobs could be for the future,

  • to both monitor and protect our environment,

  • and to explore the universe.

  • Back to you, Henry.

  • HE: Thank you, Chad.

  • With this drone setup, we show the potential

  • for bedridden people to once again be able

  • to explore the outside world,

  • and robotics will eventually provide

  • a level playing field

  • where one is only limited by their mental acuity

  • and imagination,

  • where the disabled are able to perform

  • the same activities as everyone else,

  • and perhaps better,

  • and technology will even allow us to provide

  • an outlet for many people who are presently

  • considered vegetables.

  • One hundred years ago,

  • I would have been treated like a vegetable.

  • Actually, that's not true.

  • I would have died.

  • It is up to us, all of us, to decide how

  • robotics will be used, for good or for evil,

  • for simply replacing people

  • or for making people better,

  • for allowing us to do and enjoy more.

  • Our goal for robotics is to unlock everyone's mental power

  • by making the world more physically accessible

  • to people such as myself and others like me

  • around the globe.

  • With the help of people like you,

  • we can make this dream a reality.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

Sarge Salman: All the way from Los Altos Hills, California,

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