Bionic Running for Unilateral Transtibial Military Amputees
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY
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A team from the United States Military Academy and Walter Reed Medical Center, in collaboration with private industry partner, SpringActive, Inc., have designed, built, and demonstrated a first of its kind motor powered, single board computer controlled, running prosthesis for military transtibial amputees. This paper presents the design and initial results of the new prototype, which includes successful testing with one unilateral transtibial Military amputee running at 3.6 ms 8 mph on a treadmill. The 2011 prototype described in this paper is intended to support a unilateral transtibial Military amputee on an Army Physical Fitness Test which includes a 2 mile timed run on a level ground.
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