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My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics

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Quadriplegic Henry Evans using the Stretch RE1 robot arm to scratch his forehead.

Credit: Peter Adams

Henry Evans, left mute and with severe quadriplegia in 2002 after a massive stroke, has beta-tested robots as part of a 20-year collaboration with healthcare roboticist Charlie Kemp.

The most recent of these, the 51-pound Stretch RE1, is a robotic arm that moves up and down a four-foot shaft and can stretch 20 inches outward to pick up and move objects.

With the help of Pacific University's Vy Nguyen, Evans was able to use the robot to unplug the percussion machine that keeps his airways clear, scratch an itch, brush his hair, feed himself, and even hand his wife a rose.

Evans and his wife founded the organization Robots for Humanity, where they share their research and experience in advocating for the disabled.

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