Hugh Herr lost his legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Herr is the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics, a company that works on developing bionics that is adaptable to all types of lifestyles. He personally has continued to mountain climb with the use of prosthetic legs, an electro mechanic attached to his body and implanted inside his body. Herr has found that although he lives with a disability, he is able to adapt his body to achieve things his original body was limiting him. He has adapted his bionics to work with his lifestyle.
Adrianne Haslet was a dancer who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Through the use of a prosthetic leg, she is able to dance again. In the following TedTalk, she dances on stage for the first time since losing her leg.
Due to Herr’s personal story, it has driven him to build the next generation of bionic limbs which will help many others like Haslet. He believes that everyone should have the right to live life without a disability if they so choose.