Proprio Foot stands and delivers for amputees

August 3, 2006 (Aliso Viejo, CA) -- Ossur North America, a trusted and global developer of more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field, is pleased to introduce the PROPRIO FOOT TM. It is the latest addition from Bionic Technology by Ossur, the company's brand for a pioneering category of prosthetic devices. The world's first motor-powered and artificially intelligent prosthesis for transtibial amputees, the foot operates as closely as you can get today to natural, anatomical functioning. Developed by Ossur's R&D department, the foot's motion analysis capabilities are facilitated by real-time sensor technology from Dynastream Innovations of Canada.

While the foot will commence a controlled launch in September, the Department of Defense and the VA are both actively using the foot to benefit servicemen returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, as well as veterans of past wars. Like Ossur's POWER KNEE TM, the PROPRIO FOOT replaces muscle function that was lost with the 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 FOOT.
  • Thinking. Patented 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.

Canadian company Dynastream's expertise in real-time motion analysis enables the PROPRIO FOOT to detect and adapt to changes making for easier locomotion and an improved qu

Contact: Beverly Millson

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