| Emailthis TrendEmail | Full Article (TrendHunter.com/id/68136)

Energy-Recycling Prosthetics
Artificial Foot Makes Walking Easier for Amputees


By: Katie Cordrey (Rockstar) Feb 22, 10
{SummaryTitle}

An energy-recycling artificial foot redirects energy that is usually wasted between steps to make walking easier for amputees. The foot’s creators, Kuo and Steve Collins, engineered a way to put the 23% of walking energy wasted with a standard prosthesis to work increasing the push-off power of the ankle. A microcontroller properly times and routes the captured energy to the prosthetic foot system to make the increased push-off power possible.

The Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center is currently testing the artificial foot and an Ann Arbor company is considering a variation of the energy-recycling prosthetics design for commercial production.



Source: plosone.org
Readmore: physorg



Related Trends:


Prosthetic Race Controversies
TrendHunter.com/id/59311



High-Tech Prosthetics
TrendHunter.com/id/46407



High Tech Post-Mastectomy Fashion
TrendHunter.com/id/28623



Prosthetic Arms for Wounded Soldiers
TrendHunter.com/id/25030



Bionic Animal Innovation
TrendHunter.com/id/33678



Water-Filled Eyeglasses
TrendHunter.com/id/65295



Lifelike Bionic Hand
TrendHunter.com/id/8165



Prosthetic Lungs
TrendHunter.com/id/32840



Thought Controlled Bionic Arm
TrendHunter.com/id/1931




Copyright © TREND HUNTER Inc.. All Rights Reserved.