RISE UP/GEAR UP
Torrid weather won’t stop junior engineers from working on prosthetic arm that can literally extend the reach of the disabled.
The summertime heat and humidity for which Texas is infamous can’t stop the budding roboticists at Rice University and the University of Houston. Both schools have startup accelerators, and for the first time they —Houston’s RedLabs and Rice’s OwlSpark —are working together with joint mentor meetings and social hours towards a shared demo day next month, “Bayou Showcase.” (Houston is known as the Bayou City, founded as it was on and near a series of waterways, or what most of us would call swamps.)
The students have developed robotic arms that they hope will gain FDA approval be made commercially available for a fraction of the price of most others. This affordability and availability could mean hugely enhanced independence for children and others with mobility difficulties.