This Software Algorithm Reduces the Reliance On Human Prosthetists

By: Rahul Kalvapallé - Sep 29, 2015
References: & gizmag
A group of scientists and researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an highly advanced and intelligent software algorithm that does the job of a human prosthetist automatically and at a significantly lower cost and time.

Prosthetic limbs are complicated devices that cannot simply be slipped on and off like gloves or socks. They need to be fitted like custom shoes to the stump of the patient's remaining limb, before being tuned to match the wearer's physical characteristics such as their size, strength and behavior. This requires the services of a prosthetist, and the undergoing of a slow and expensive process that needs to be repeated as the patient's condition changes.

The software algorithm doesn't pretend to be able to replace human prosthetists, but could help to reduce some of the time and cost associated with a reliance on them.