Photos: High-tech prosthetics

Photos: High-tech prosthetics

Summary: Prosthetics have evolved from devices that use simple mechanics to complex, computerized machines that respond to sensors attached to the body.

TOPICS: Processors

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  • Cameron Clapp's C-Leg from Bock

    Cameron Clapp competes at the 2005 Endeavor Games with the help of C-Leg prosthetic devices. Microprocessors in the knee guide a hydraulic system that influences each step.

    Processors have been used to add stability to prosthetic limbs since the mid-1990s. Otto Bock HealthCare has been successfully producing the chip-controlled C-Leg limb since 1999.

  • Cameron Clapp fishing

    Cameron Clapp also uses a prosthetic arm. For both his arm and his legs, he has a variety of systems for different endeavors such as running and swimming.

  • C-Leg close-up

    Close-up of a portion of the C-Leg, built by Otto Bock HealthCare. Sensors capture data 50 times a second to assess the wearer's gait.

Topic: Processors

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