Ossur takes another giant step in prosthetic technology

n servicemen who have lost limbs. The road to innovation is paved with possibilities, dedication and dollars, and it's not by chance that Ossur has become a world leader: the company allocates 6 to 8 percent of its revenues to reseach and development. The PROPRIO FOOT was developed entirely in-house by Ossur's R&D department, the RHEO KNEE was co-invented with Hugh Herr, Ph.D., associate professor at MIT and director of the Biomechatronics department at MIT's Media Lab; and the POWER KNEE was co-developed with Victhom Human Bionics, an Ossur partner.

The Thinking Man's Prosthesis

As with the RHEO KNEE and the POWER KNEE, the PROPRIO FOOT is a seamless fusion of electronics, mechanics and human physiology. The future is now when it comes to the sophisticated technology that goes into these prostheses.

A case in point is artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science dealing with intelligent behavior, learning and adaptation in machines. Ossur uses highly advanced AI to increase the functionality of its prostheses to reduce the user's mental and physical effort, as well as the ensuing stress on other body parts following an amputation. The results are prostheses that actually do some thinking and can deal with day-to-day events like a change of shoes or heavy lifting.

Power motion, too, allows for previously unknown levels of functionality, user-safety and carefree mobility. It has the capacity to replace lost muscle function from the subtle lifting of the toe, to the powerful knee extension required for foot-over-foot stair climbing.

A Walk into the Future

A look at technologies yet to come for lower limb prosthetics reveals osseointegration, the science of implanting man-made, load bearing anchoring mechanisms directly into the living bone. The fixture bonds with the surrounding tissue and ultimately the prosthesis is attached to it and can withstand all normal conditions of loading.


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