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eLEGS: Robotics for Paraplegics- Apr 14 @ 2 pm

Thursday, April 14, 2pm SLT
The Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability Island


eLEGS is a powered robotic exoskeleton for wheelchair users who are committed to living life to its fullest. It powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking again. eLEGS is developed by Berkeley Bionics, developer and maker of powered and artificially intelligent wearable robots, or “exoskeletons,” that augment strength, endurance, and mobility. This project is a civilian application of the military HULC exoskeleton that allows users to carry up to 200 lbs for hours and over all terrains.

Presented by: Beverly Millson (aka Bettina Tizzy in SL)

From 2003 until 2010, Beverly consulted – first domestically and later on a global basis – for Ossur, the Icelandic non-invasive orthopaedics company that develops and manufactures lower-limb prosthetic devices. It was her pleasure to introduce the world to the first bionic prostheses line (Rheo Knee, Power Knee, Proprio Foot).

In 2007, she persuaded Ossur to finance a PR campaign on behalf of a young, virtually unknown, South African bilateral amputee by the name of Oscar Pistorius, in the belief that he might someday run able-bodied Olympian times wearing Ossur’s product, the Cheetah Flex-Foot (or the Flex-Foot Cheetah as it is known today). Months later, controversy brewed and the IAAF – the sports-governing body that establishes the track and field rules for Olympic-qualifying races – banned Oscar on the grounds that his prostheses gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. Beverly helped Ossur to promote his appeal and gain public support, and today, Oscar has made history: He has won the right to run in the Olympics, he is a house-hold name and a TIME 100 recipient, among many other accolades. And, on March 23 of this year, Oscar actually ran the 400m qualifying time for the Olympic Games in London next year, a incredible 45.61sec 400m sprint!

Today, Beverly represents Berkeley Bionics.

Beverly is best known to Second Lifers as Bettina Tizzy, creator of the Not Possible IRL blog, and founder/owner of the working group “Not Possible IRL,” as well as the open registration Impossible IRL group, to 1) Identify, showcase and promote quality content creation (art, architecture, fashion, landscaping) in virtual worlds that would not be possible in Real Life; 2) To seek and disseminate knowledge that empowers content creators; and 3) To advocate for better recognition and protection of the rights of content creators in virtual environments.

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