When you guide today’s ideas into tomorrow’s technology, you meet a lot of change-makers along the way. To bring their stories to life, Avnet has partnered with Not Impossible Labs to create a new podcast series about spectacular people who are harnessing the power of technology for the sake of humanity.
Each week, we’ll reveal new life-changing technology and the story of how it came to be.
Episode 1: See With Your Tongue
Erik Weihenmayer is an athlete, adventurer, author – and the only blind person to scale Mount Everest. Now he’s the first to test out a new device that raises a question at the very heart of how sight works: Do we see with our eyes, or with our brains?
Episode 2: Blood from the Sky
Two inventors -- one who created a cute little robot, the other who created an app to help kids learn to read -- take on the greatest challenge of their lives: Women are dying in Rwanda at an alarming rate – and they think they have an idea that could save them.
Episode 3: The Eyewriter
When producer Mick Ebeling met a paralyzed graffiti artist named Tempt, he made a promise that Tempt would one day paint again – and then wondered how he’d keep the promise. The results of the challenge reside in museums on both coasts – and the philosophy behind them launched Not Impossible Labs.
Episode 4: The Arm Race
When Johnny Matheny lost his arm to cancer he decided it was his chance to help others – so he volunteered to be the guinea pig in any project that came along. Little did he know what the government’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program had in store for him – and now he has become the first man to ever use their latest robotic arm, which he can control ... with his mind.
Episode 5: Kissyface
Day to day, we rarely think about facial control software unless it's to play silly games on our iPhones or Snapchat. But a crazy inventor and a rehab specialist put have developed a way to let people who are paralyzed with spinal injuries use it to surf the web, paint – do anything you can do on a computer. Just with a head tilt, a raised eyebrow, and ... the kissyface.
Episode 6: Project C.O.D.I.
Cody is a fearless and sensitive 7-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare disease that is slowly robbing him of hearing and sight. The Not Impossible Labs team committed itself to finding a way for Cody to navigate the world. What they created – and built into a superhero costume – allows Cody to feel what his eyes will soon no longer be able to perceive.
Episode 7: Feel the Music
A deaf woman who becomes a world-famous solo percussionist, and a singer with perfect pitch who loses her hearing but still performs live, send the Not Impossible team on a quest to answer the question: How do deaf people experience music? And can we invent a technology to enhance that experience? The answer – a vibrotactile suit that sends music impulses all over their bodies – will change your perception forever of what it means to “hear.”
Episode 8: Vet Tech
A special episode for the Fourth of July: After reporting on tragedy after tragedy, a TV journalist struggling with anxiety discovers a cure in technology prescribed by her doctor – and quits her job to devote herself to using that technology to help America’s war veterans. She and the doctor team up to enhance that technology – doing some of the nation’s first hard-science experiments on blending virtual reality and biofeedback – and soon this simple solution begins to have far-reaching implications in the treatment of psychological disorders for veterans, first responders, and those suffering from PTSD in all walks of life.
Episode 9: Oh Print Me a Home
Steve Keating and his team at MIT have taken 3D printing to a place it’s never been before – and hope to take it places NO one has ever been before. They have invented a 3D printer that can print an entire building, using no other “ink” than what it finds around it in nature – and they say it’s capable of printing buildings out of ice ... on Mars. Host Mick Ebeling talks with The Amazing Mister Keating, and finds out why this machine is only the SECOND-coolest 3D project he’s ever done.
One common belief: technology for good
Launched in 2009, Not Impossible Labs crowd-solves issues of inability and inaccessibility through technology. Their goal is to provide low-cost solutions that allow the most vulnerable among us to survive and thrive. Whether it’s an eyewriter that helps individuals with paralysis communicate and create again or a device that can help the blind see with their tongues, Not Impossible Labs is on the forefront of technology that’s poised to transform how we work, play and live.
Reaching further for change
By working with Not Impossible Labs, Avnet is able to help more companies around the world realize technology’s potential. The Avnet ecosystem is here to help guide these exciting projects to market and help further our common mission to create technology that fuels positive change around the world.