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Ossur repeats Popular Science 'Best of What's New' award

November 7, 2006 (ALISO VIEJO, CA) -- Ossur (ICEX: OSSR) the Iceland-based developer and supplier of orthopedic devices has launched more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field. For the second consecutive year, Popular Science magazine has recognized this forward-thinking by presenting Ossur with its Best of What's New in Personal Health award for the PROPRIO FOOTTM. In 2005, the company won with its POWER KNEETM. Both are part of Ossur's new and ground-breaking Bionics Technology platform and family of products.

The PROPRIO FOOTTM is the world's first motor-powered and intelligent prosthetic foot that thinks for itself. The PROPRIO FOOTTM, like the POWER KNEETM, replaces muscle function that was lost due to an amputation. The foot enables amputees to perform activites in a normal and functional pattern by:

  • Sensing. Knowing where their foot is in space is a huge safety issue for amputees. Sophisticated sensor technology mimics the body's own neural receptors that are sensitive to mechanical change, providing artificial proprioception (that sense of where the limb is in space). Hence the name PROPRIO FOOTTM.
  • Thinking. Patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) processes information from the sensors and activates the most appropriate response for the next step.
  • Acting. The AI transmits a constant stream of signals which instruct high-precision actuator technology to act and deliver optimal function.

Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses only 100 winners for 10 different categories. Among the judging criteria are: the significance of the innovation; the quality of the design and the finished product; the originality of thought; and the ambition and scope of the project. The winners -- the Best of What's New -- are awarded inclusion in the much-an
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Contact: Beverly Millson
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7-Nov-2006


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