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How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

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How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

How Do You Reinvent Yourself After a Near-Death Experience?

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About Hugh Herr's Talk

Hugh Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. Now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he's building the next generation of bionic limbs.

About Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creating bionic limbs that emulate natural limbs.

In 2011 TIME magazine coined Herr the "Leader of the Bionic Age" due to his work in the field of biomechatronics–technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics.

Herr's research group has developed gait-adaptive knee prostheses for amputees and ankle-foot exoskeletons. He also designed his own bionic legs, the world's first bionic foot-and-calf system, called the BiOM.