MIT Robotic Ankle Given To Iraq Vet

A robotic ankle has been provided to Iraq veteran Garth Stewart, 24, who lost his left leg below the knee in an explosion. The device was developed at MIT by a team led by Professor Hugh Herr. Technovelgy readers are already familiar with the device (see Robotic Ankle First Such Powered Prosthesis).


(Robotic ankle demonstrated by Iraq vet)

"A major goal of the center is to develop artificial limbs that perform like biological ones," said Professor Roy Aaron, M.D., of Brown University, director of the CRRM. "Hugh Herr and his team have met that goal - and done so successfully. This device is a major step forward for Garth Stewart and other amputees."

Joel Kupersmith, M.D., chief research and development officer for VA, said a top priority for the department is providing state-of-the-art prosthetic care for veterans - especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. VA research, he said, is integral to this effort.

"The robotic ankle is a sterling example of how our leading-edge research improves veterans' lives," Kupersmith said. "Up to now, prosthetic devices have not been able to duplicate the complex functions of our feet and ankles as we walk and run. The ingenious computerized design of this new prosthesis changes all of this, as it constantly 'thinks' and responds, allowing the person to walk or run in a more natural and comfortable way."


(Robotic ankle goes for a walk)

Read about this close runner-up (SPARKy Robotic Ankle Prosthesis (Runner-Up)).

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