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Henry Evans    

Robotics Activist

Henry Evans is co-founder of Robots for Humanity and a pioneer in adaptive robotic technology to help him, and other disabled people like him, navigate the world. At age 40, Evans was left mute and quadriplegic after a strokelike attack caused by a hidden birth defect. Years of therapy helped him learn to move his head and use a finger, allowing him to use a head-tracking device to communicate with a computer using experimental interfaces. In 2013, Evans was a featured presenter at a TED event. He frequently collaborates with robotics teams who develop tools for the severely disabled.

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Robots for humanity: how technology is changing the life of one Bay Area man

Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads with steep switchback turns. On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school.

Q&A with Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and robotics pioneer

Henry Evans’ kids in the back seat noticed it first. Their father, a Stanford MBA and the chief financial officer at a Silicon Valley software startup, was slurring his words as he drove the children to school along Page Mill Road.

A Stroke, A Coma, A Revelation: How a Quadriplegic Man Helped Pioneer His Own Life-Changing Robot

After a paralyzing stroke, Henry Evans went from feeling suicidal to full of optimism with help from his caregiver wife, Jane, and from power of technology to help him live a better life.

A Silicon Valley visionary gives a TED talk with a robot’s help

I did a Q&A recently in the Mercury News with Henry Evans, a Stanford MBA and former chief financial officer at a Silicon Valley software startup who in 2002 suffered a debilitating stroke-like event that left him mute and quadriplegic.

Inspiring People: Henry Evans And His Robots

Necessity is the mother of invention, indeed. Check out what Henry Evans is up to. His necessity is driving the inventions of some pretty nifty robots.

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