Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a sensor control that detects muscle motion. The sensor is located in a novel position allowing the amputee conscious control of an ankle joint. The sensor is positioned so that it does not wear out quickly, and it is unaffected by perspiration. The piston action at the connection of the residual limb and the prosthetic does not cause sensor input quality to degrade. Amputees are able to walk with a near normal gait and are able to sit in a natural position. Traversing stairs becomes easier and more natural. This innovation improves the life of amputees by allowing them to be more mobile, and it reduces the amount of effort required for motion.
- Moveable prosthetics
- Robotic applications
Benefits and Advantages
- Better Lifestyle – Provides amputees with greater mobility.
- Greater Comfort – Prosthetics are more comfortable to wear.
- Retrofit – Allows for replacement of any existing lower leg prosthetic.
- More Natural – Improves the gait of amputees.
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