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Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

October 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Stuart Turner / Wired

Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014's London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.

"I can't move my body, I can't get out of this wheelchair -- but I can totally fly," he said. "Robots are awesome."

Turner began to lose the ability to control his body while studying at university, and became quadriplegic. For more than six years he was unable to leave his 10ft by 10ft bedroom in Manchester. But today he is touring around the WIRED2014 conference at the Tobacco Docks, networking with delegates while simultaneously demonstrating the incredible achievements of his project, Robots and Cake.

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