Augmented | Nova PBS episode featuring Hugh Herr


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Matthew Orr/STAT

Augmented is a Nova PBS documentary episode that premiers Wednesday, 2/23 at 9pm ET/8pm CT, featuring Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr.

The episode will be available on demand and will be broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video app (available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO). 

Follow the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, a biophysicist working to create brain-controlled robotic limbs. At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated after a climbing accident. Frustrated by the crude prosthetic limbs he was given, Herr set out to remedy their design, leading him to a career as an inventor of innovative prosthetic devices. Now, Herr is teaming up with an injured climber and a surgeon at a leading Boston hospital to test a new approach to surgical amputation that allows prosthetic limbs to move and feel like the real thing. Herr’s journey is a powerful tale of innovation and the inspiring story of a personal tragedy transformed into a life-long quest to help others.

Augmented is a NOVA production by STAT for GBH. Written by Gideon Gil, Heather MacDonald, and Matthew Orr. Produced by Gideon Gil, Heather MacDonald, Matthew Orr, and Dominic Smith. Directed by Matthew Orr. Executive producers for NOVA are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

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