This Bionic Ankle Walks Like It's Alive

The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimizing exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims… » 4/18/14 11:40am 4/18/14 11:40am

The World's First Bionic Foot Mimics Flexion to Aid Gait

Using traditional lower leg and foot prosthetics is like walking in sand. Since the user can't push off with that foot, there's no muscle for power or an Achilles tendon to pull against. The BiOM prosthetic, however, supplements user effort with robot power. » 4/20/12 11:30am 4/20/12 11:30am