Skip to main content
Move the World.

Robert Woo spent Christmas of 2007 in a hospital bed, trying to come to terms with the news that he’d never walk again.

Just a week earlier, he’d been going over a site report at his architectural office on a New York City construction site when a crane operating overhead accidentally dropped seven tons of metal studs. The cargo crashed through Woo’s ceiling, folding his body in half, puncturing his lungs, and crushing his spine.

“In this day and age, we have this technology that can give you hope and basically change your life.”

Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair, in physical therapy, and in group therapy. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop asking one very simple question: How could humans build skyscrapers, but not something better than a wheelchair?

Then Woo heard about bionic exoskeletons. And in 2011, he teamed up with ReWalk, a company founded by Israeli doctor and paraplegic Amit Goffer. The relationship has transformed Woo’s life.

Up Next

Biohacking
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacking
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacker Bertolt Meyer has built the SynLimb, a controller that attaches to his prosthetic arm, allowing him to control his modular synthesizer with his mind.

Biohacker Bertolt Meyer has built the SynLimb, a controller that attaches to his prosthetic arm, allowing him to control his modular synthesizer with his mind.

Biology of Addiction
We May Have Found a Drug to Curb Meth Addiction
drug to curb meth addiction
Biology of Addiction
We May Have Found a Drug to Curb Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is on the rise, so this team of researchers is working to develop the first FDA-approved medication to treat the use disorder.

Meth addiction is on the rise, so this team of researchers is working to develop the first FDA-approved medication to treat the use disorder.

A Greener Future
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
A Greener Future
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
Dr. Graham Brodie of the University of Melbourne is working on a device for zapping stubborn weeds with microwaves.

Dr. Graham Brodie of the University of Melbourne is working on a device for zapping stubborn weeds with microwaves.

On The Fringe
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Watch Now
On The Fringe
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Alcor CEO Max More knows most people don't believe cryonics will work. But More thinks we can't afford not to try.
Watch Now

In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to be frozen on the hope that, one day, medicine will advance far enough to once again bring them back from the dead. While many may scoff at the idea, supporters feel taking a bet on a long shot is better than the alternative.

Coded
Disrupting Money
Disrupting Money
Watch Now
Coded
Disrupting Money
Can a bitcoin entrepreneur on house arrest convince the world it’s the currency of the future?
Watch Now

Charlie Shrem went from multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Shrem was a Bitcoin pioneer. And it paid off big time. Until he was sent to jail for allowing a customer to resell bitcoin on Silk Road. Now, he’s out and wants to convince the world that Bitcoin is the future of finance.

Science
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
Science
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
From advanced plant-based meat alternatives to real meat grown in a lab, the days of eating meat from once-living...
By Mike Riggs

From advanced plant-based meat alternatives to real meat grown in a lab, the days of eating meat from once-living animals could be numbered.

Superhuman
Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
Watch Now
Superhuman
Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
Jerral was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq and left paralyzed. Now he's partnering with researchers to regain his independence. »
Watch Now

Jerral was serving in Iraq, his tank was hit by a roadside bomb. The attack left him paralyzed and without his left arm. But rather than letting his injuries define him, Jerral is fighting back with the help of the world’s most advanced prosthetic arm. He’s working with a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins to test the arm that could help Jerral and many other wounded vets like him take back their independence.

Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Brain regeneration used to be considered a medical fantasy. But research shows that fantasy could eventually become...
By Levi Gadye

Brain regeneration used to be considered a medical fantasy. But research shows that fantasy could eventually become a reality.