2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Extreme Bionics: The End of Disability

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Exhibit Hall 5
Austin Convention Center


As the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at MIT Media Lab, Hugh Herr is working to advance technology leading to the elimination of disability and the reinvention of society through electromechanical enhancements to our bodies. By understanding the electrical signals in our nerves and muscles, he is designing revolutionary prosthetics that not only allow people to walk, but to sense their environments, actually feeling the grass beneath their bare mechanical “feet.” Hugh’s work goes beyond just repairing damaged bodies and pushes the limits of body hacking. He is creating machines that will augment and enhance human capabilities in ways that exceed beyond the boundaries of nature and biology. Contributions like Herr’s will mean the next generation of robotic prosthetics may well eliminate the barriers between human limitation and human potential and extinguish the conceptual and social divide between man and machine. Part of the IEEE Future Identity Series.


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Hugh Herr at SXSW

Hugh Herr


Center For Extreme Bionics/MIT Media Lab

Hugh Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. In 2011, TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of ...

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