Biotechnology. Prosthetics. “Imagine an artificial arm that moves naturally in response to your thoughts, that allows you to feel both the outside world and your own movements, and that is as strong and graceful as an intact, biological limb.”. What are prostheses?.
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“Imagine an artificial arm that moves naturally in response to your thoughts, that allows you to feel both the outside world and your own movements, and that is as strong and graceful as an intact, biological limb.”
A United States Army soldier plays table football with two prosthetic arms
Jon Comer, professional skateboarder with a prosthetic leg.
Must be prescribed first, and then fitted.
Measuring and casting
Making the socket
Fabrication of the prosthesis
-the series of movements of the leg and foot between one touch of the heel on the ground and the next time the same heel touches.
Depend on preference, activity level, some are more flexible than others
The Trias+ foot was modeled after the anatomical function of the human foot. It was engineered to ensure effortless, unified function. The design combines dual spring elements in the heel and forefoot. Made of carbon fiber that can support for patients who weigh up to 275 pounds.
(+) may avoid skin sores, sweating, and pain
(+) Amputees have better muscle control of the prosthetic.
(+) Amputees can wear the prosthetic for an extended period of time - with the stump and socket method this is not possible.
(+)Transfemoral amputees are more able to drive a car.
(-) cannot have large impacts on the limb, such as those experienced during jogging
Jesse Sullivan demonstrates one of his prosthetic arms by using a paint roller on the side of his house in Dayton, Tenn., July 20, 2006. His left arm is a bionic device wired directly into his brain. Sullivan lost his arms in May 2001, while working as a utility lineman.