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Dec 25, 2010

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." --Albert Einstein

If Santa Claus Was An Engineer...

Of all the gifts that will be exchanged this holiday season, there probably aren't too many that will change someone's life. But a robotics workshop in Seattle has taken the holiday tradition and given it a high-tech twist. When Yoky Matsuoka started getting emails from parents of disabled children asking for help, the neurobiotics pioneer made it her hobby to build devices to assist kids in need. Now, she runs a nonprofit called Yokyworks that asks disabled kids: "If your Santa Claus was an engineer, what would you like for your next Christmas?" Their responses have produced innovations like all-terrain crutches and even a robotic hand that could one day respond to human nerve signals!

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