Three competitors in the Summer X Games -- ESPN’s extreme sports event -- will be wearing a prosthesis design to return amputees to an extreme level of function. Businessweek reports.
Moto Knee, from Biodapt in Pillager, Minnesota, uses hydraulic components to provide the strength and agility needed for intense physical activity, from skiing to mountain biking.
The device sells for $6,000, and the company has sold 75 so far, mostly to athletes and wounded veterans.
Biodapt founder Mike Schultz used the first Moto Knee to replace the leg he lost in a 2008 competitive snowmobiling accident. Here’s a video of Schultz’s story. He’ll be competing in a motocross race for amputees at the X Games in Los Angeles.
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