Recent advances in electric motor, sensor and battery technology have culminated to create the bionic leg, a prosthetic limb that perfectly mimics the original stride of its wearer.
Sensors detect what actions the amputee is trying to execute and microprocessors adjust the direction, weight distribution and motor action of the prosthesis, resulting in a truly natural gait. Vanderbilt University is responsible for this cyborg innovation and designed the nine-pound bionic leg with the intention of putting the zombie-like, dragging stride of traditional prosthetics into the history books—looks like they succeeded!
Professor Michael Goldfarb of Vanderbilt explains that the bionic leg can work for three days without a charge and required almost 40% less energy input from the controller. With prosthetic inventions like this cropping up everyday, we’re inching closer and closer to fusing man and machine.
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