Photo: Dario Bortolotti adjusts the insole and smart electronics on the prosthesis; Copyright: Stanisa Raspopovic

Leg amputees feel and use the prosthesis as a real limb


Tiny electrodes implanted in the patients' thigh nerve allow them to feel natural sensations of touch and movement from the prosthesis. Therefore, the amputees can walk freely while thinking about different activities other than controlling the device.
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Photo: A woman and a man are watching the 3D printing process; Copyright: PantherMedia/Monkeybusiness Images

Leveraging research and development to shape the future


Whether it’s wheelchairs or prosthetics – there is an ongoing effort to continuously improve auxiliary aids and services. As a result, the standards of medical equipment also continue to change - always based on the latest developments and research results. That’s why has taken a closer look at how trends like digitization and creative minds impact this industry sector.
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Photo: a man with a leg prothesis goes to sports; Copyright: / ArturVerkhovetskiy

Feeling legs again improves amputees' health


While walking, people with intact legs feel when they move their knee or when their feet touch the ground. The nervous system constantly draws on sensory feedback of this sort to precisely control muscles. People using a leg prosthesis, however, do not know precisely where the prosthesis is located, how it is moving, or what type of terrain it is standing on.
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Photo: The electronic glove; Copyright: Purdue University/Chris Adam

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users


People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services. An electronic glove, or e-glove, developed by Purdue University researchers can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
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