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New Robotic Prosthetic Leg Improves Gait

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Researchers at the University of Michigan's (U-M) Robotics Institute have developed a prototype for a new kind of robotic prosthetic leg. It has smaller but more powerful motors that encourage a more natural gait when worn.

A prototype of a new robotic prosthetic leg improves gait.

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Walk Naturally on Any Terrain with the Össur Proprio Foot

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One out of two prosthetic users reports the fear of falling, which can result in a more sedentary lifestyle as they avoid certain activities to prevent tripping or falling. The redesigned Össur Proprio Foot aims to reduce the possibility of falling while also helping prosthetic users walk naturally on any terrain.

Ossur Proprio Foot lets you walk naturally on any terrain.

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Crutches Reinvented for the 21st Century

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Crutches have been around since ancient times. It started as a T-shaped walking stick, which later evolved into the V-shaped design that we still use today. However, this design has a flaw—it’s uncomfortable. Around 85% of people report feeling pain in their hands, wrists, and shoulders when using standard underarm crutches.

The crutches are reinvented for the 21st century.

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VA Develops Sensor That Gives Real-Time Data on How Your Socket is Fitting

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a prosthetic socket fit sensor that identifies pressure points within a socket. As of this writing, the technology is patented and is available via patent license agreement to prosthetic companies that would make or sell the device commercially.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed a prosthetic socket fit sensor that identifies pressure points within a socket.

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Virginia Tech Researchers Are Developing Smart Prosthetic Sockets

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A team of researchers from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering are working on a solution to the volume issue, thanks to a $400,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation in late 2019. For three years, the team will dedicate their time to the study of volume loss and eventually develop smart prosthetic sockets to improve comfort and prosthetic performance.  

Virginia Tech researchers are developing smart prosthetic sockets for lower-limb prosthetic users.

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