We have received a ton of inquiries asking what the connection is between a real estate investing business and all these state of the art robotics we always talk about.
Let me shine some light on this.
I (Jerryll) am a robotics scientist. I have worked for IHMC (The Institute for human and Machine Cognition), NASA, and IIT (Italian Institute Of Technology).
I was the lead engineer and scientist developing state of the art robotics technology to improve humanity. At NASA and IHMC I worked on exoskeleton technology. The exoskeleton robot enables mobility assist for paraplegic people, gravity compensation and exercise device for astronauts in space, and an aid for rehabilitation purposes.
It basically provides the motor function to a paraplegic user. In simpler terms, it provides the muscle to be able to walk again. The exoskeleton (exo for short), grabs the users legs at the thighs and shin and guides the user through a “normal” walking gait enabling the user to walk again.
This has more benefits other than just being able to walk again. Sitting for long periods in a wheelchair causes further health issues. Bones not being loaded and muscles not being flexed and stretched causes bone mass loss and muscles with be stiff. Having the user standing and their bones loaded (the exo carries its own weight, but does not carry the user’s weight, and thus their bones are indeed loaded), has many health benefits to a paraplegic person.
Find my publications here:
- Peter D. Neuhaus, Jerryll H. Noorden, Travis J. Craig, Tecalote Torres, Justin Kirschbaum, Jerry E. Pratt, Design and Evaluation of Mina a Robotic Orthosis for Paraplegics, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2011), Zurich, Switzerland.
- Hian Kai Kwa, Jerryll H. Noorden, Matthew Missel, Travis Craig, Jerry E. Pratt, Peter D. Neuhaus, Development of the IHMC Mobility Assist Exoskeleton, Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, (ICRA ’09), Kobe, Japan.
Education (All F.I.T. (Florida Institute of Technology)):
- B.S. in Aerospace Engineering
- B.S. in Applied Mathematics
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- M.S. in Engineering Management
As an international student (a foreigner entering the USA on a student visa), things were not very easy. By no means am I complaining. This conditioned me to hard work, never take anything for granted, and always having to prove myself in order to get the same rights and recognition as my fellow americans. Yes it is in deed the case that as a foreigner, you need to work harder longer and better, to be able to be recognized on equal standing as my American brethren.
Now one can complain about this, or one can accept it as a challenge and step up.
I did and soon doors opened…
NASA Came A Knocking!
Obviously robotis are the future. But what got NASA really interested in the exo-technology was all the advantages it would give space travel.
Besides enabling paraplegic regained mobility, when the exo is in assistive mode, it could easily be switched to resistive mode.
What do you get when there is something resisting you?
A portable ergonomic personal exercise device. Booyah! Now Astronauts can exercise in space and fight the health dangers of 0-gravity.
EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: – Robot Makes Paraplegic Man Walk Again.
When I was tasked to develop a robotics suit to help wounded soldiers walk again, to me, it was a very amazing , fun and very challenging project. It was funded by ONR, specifically for soldiers with lower extremity injuries. It was for a good cause but mainly it was just fun for me working on such sci-fi projects.
When the first exoskeleton was nearing completion, it was time to find participants to test the robot. Here is when I met Mr. Daniels.I was never close to anyone in his condition and my work was very disconnected from it all. I had a task and I fulfilled that task.
Mark changed all that. I saw how hard it was for him being in a wheelchair. It wasn’t hard for him anymore, as he got used to it. But simple things like changing a lightbulb, grab your daughter and swing her around were tasks impossible for him.It completely changed the way I looked my job. It became a mission. When we first enabled Mark to walk again after years of wheelchair confinement, we did an interview with him. We asked him what he was looking forward to the most being able to walk again.
We expected answers like, “to run, jump, climb a tree again:
To my utter surprise he simply said: “to stand and be at eye level talking to someone“.
He just didn’t want to be looked down at when people talk to him being in a seated position.
It is funny how one’s perspective changes when something isn’t just a task anymore. When you get to know see and feel the people you are doing it for. Needless to say Mark and I formed an inseparable bond.
I was determined to built better robots, lighter, stronger to enable people like Mark with a better life!
No matter the goal, there are always forces that work against you. But where there is a will, there is a way!
We have always relied on government funding to further research. Then the inevitable happened. Government put a halt on robotics hardware funding. And thus all that was accomplished is give people like mark a taste of freedom and take it away from him.
So I quit my job and started this business to earn capital to fund my own robotics research institute where I control funding, not government, no private sponsors, just me! No one can tell me where to spend the money on and pure advancement of technology for good in the world wouldn’t depend on anyone else but me.
Look How Far We Have Come!
So.. what is the story here. IHMC, a non profit robotics research institute in Pensacola Florida, (where I had my beginnings into robotics), were competing in the Cybathlon. See it basically as the olympics for human and machine integration. Some really cool shtuf! (you thought I was going to say “shit” didnt you. This is a respectful blog shame on you).
Well as I was the main guy on their first exo they thought it was only fitting they invited me to Zurich for the competition. Beautiful blonde ladies, free ticket, fee food? As if I would say no.. Let’s GO!
Well this is a fun little clip their video guru made during the first days of the trip.
Anyone still doubting we at We Buy Houses In Connecticut are competent and credible? If yes there is something wrong with yous!
BAM!! Power of goodness and humanity in technicolor!
Even Italy Wanted A PIECE.
Italy heard about my skills as a roboticist and lured me into built them a Humanoid. Humanoids are mainly used to replace human beings in dangerous environments.. like saving a little cat in a burning building. So we designed the WALKMAN.
Here is my baby boy. Isn’t he just handsome?
This Is How “We Buy Houses In Connecticut” Was Born.
We will not give up, we will not stray!
This is about doing good, whatever it takes!
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What is just a click of a button to you, is continuing research that actually make a differences to all these people that need it!