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Victhom Motorized Prosthetic Leg

Posted 5 Jun 2003 at 17:57 UTC by steve Share This

Victhom Human Bionics announced a private investment that should allow the company to complete work on a commercial version of its motorized prosthetic leg. The biomechanics of the leg joints are designed to be very similar to those of human joints, making the prosthesis more comfortable and easier to use than previous prosthetics. The anthropomorphic limb can automatically adapt to the movements of the user, greatly reducing the amount of energy needed to use the prosthesis. Sensors in the shoe are used by an onboard microcontroller to determine what type of walking pattern is appropriate. A mathematical model is used to reproduce realistic human gaits. A photo and video of the leg in action can be found in a recent CTV story.

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