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Prosthetic Hands Development Stagnated For 20 Years
2012-06-12 12:10:42

The development of body-powered prosthetic hands has stagnated for over twenty years. That is the main conclusion of a study by researchers from TU Delft and the University of Groningen into this type of prosthesis, which is published in the American Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. High operating force The study, which was carried out by researchers from TU Delft and the University of Groningen, measured the force required to operate a number of contemporary...

Fisherman Finds Football Player's Lost Leg
2012-06-11 04:16:47

A prosthetic leg lost by a former college football player some five years ago is scheduled to be returned to its owner Monday after it was found by a fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico late last week. According to Craig Bennett of USA Today, the limb was discovered by Matt Willingham, who was shrimping off the coast of Florida sometime around 2am Thursday morning when he discovered it. The limb was emblazoned with the University of Kentucky logo and the team's Wildcats mascot, Bennett...

Amputee Athletes Push Physical Boundaries With Help From Unique clinic
2012-06-05 14:24:07

UCSF´s Multidisciplinary Training Program Helps Amputees Reach Their Athletic Goals Carlos Gonzalez stands out from an athletic group gathered on a grassy field at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The gregarious 32-year-old sports a stylish fauxhawk and walks with a confident yet understated swagger. He's training to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. The group looks like a slice of the Bay Area: a multiracial gathering — white, black, Latino, Asian, biracial — of...

2012-05-09 09:32:41

People walking normally, women tottering in high heels and ostriches strutting all exert the same forces on the ground despite very differently-shaped feet, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The finding suggests that prosthetic lower limbs and robots' legs could be made more efficient by making them less human-like and more like the prosthetics used by 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius. Walking involves a...

Bionic Leg Makes Amputee Faster On His Feet
2012-01-24 04:52:03

[ Watch the Video ] This powered prosthetic is better at anticipating the next move Craig Hutto considers himself part bionic man. In 2005, doctors amputated his leg after a shark attacked him during a fishing trip off the Florida Gulf Coast. "I was 16 years old at the time," recalls Hutto. "My brother heard me yell: 'What was that?' He saw something take me under; he saw the back fin of the shark. There was so much tissue damage and so much flesh gone that it was just irreparable."...

2011-09-20 07:30:00

Prosthetic technology company continues to innovate LAS VEGAS, NV, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Touch Bionics, the upper limb prosthetic technology provider, today revealed new and upgraded products at the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly in Las Vegas. Key developments include the i-limb ultra, an upgraded version of its flagship prosthetic hand solution, and virtu-limb, a prosthetic training and simulation tool. Also introduced at AOPA, living image...

2011-09-01 07:00:00

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The age-old fascination with machines mimicking humans has frequently manifested itself in science fiction literature and cinema, mainly because authors and directors could only wildly speculate about these "human robots" since none had been built yet. According to bionic limb experts at IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association, the distinction between science fiction and reality is increasingly becoming blurred. In fact,...

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2011-08-18 12:40:00

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a new lower-limb prosthetic that allows amputees to walk with a natural gait. The device uses new technology to give it bionic capabilities and is the first prosthetic with a powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison.  The prosthetic comes equipped with sensors that monitor its user's motion and has microprocessors to use this data to predict what the person is trying to do and operate the device in ways that facilitate...

2011-06-01 10:06:00

PHILIPPI, W.Va., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics will serve as the title sponsor of the upcoming Blue & Gray Reunion to be held June 2 - 5, 2011 - and several of its amputee patients, including an Army Ranger Veteran who lost his leg while trying to apprehend Manual Noriega, will share their stories and participate in the weekend's events. The iconic weekend commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with special focus on the 150th anniversary...

2011-03-15 12:31:00

CORONA, Calif.,, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New Image Global, Inc., headquartered at 1672 Railroad Street in Corona, California, recently joined forces with the disability advocacy group, Limbs For U(TM), of Lynwood, Washington, to distribute donated artificial limbs to candidates disabled by amputation in the Dominican Republic. (The company maintains a manufacturing facility in Santiago, Dominican Republic.) Under the sponsorship of the two socially conscious organizations, two...