July 10, 2007
Iraq War Veteran To Present New Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis
The first prosthetic to provide propulsion for walking will be demonstrated by an Iraq War veteran and amputee at a media event to be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July, 23, 2007, at the Providence VA Medical Center. The prototype ankle-foot was created under a collaborative research initiative that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — An Iraq War veteran and lower leg amputee will demonstrate a new powered ankle-foot prosthesis that promises to restore an amputee’s natural gait at a Monday, July 23, 2007, media event at the Providence VA Medical Center.
The ankle-foot prosthesis, created by Hugh Herr and a team of researchers at the MIT Media Lab with funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a first in the field of prosthetics. Unlike any other artificial limb, the ankle actually propels users forward using multiple springs and a small battery-powered motor.
Herr, director of the Media Lab’s biomechatronics research group, is a VA research investigator and a double amputee. He will discuss his invention prior to the demonstration. A question and answer session and a photo opportunity will follow.
The ankle-foot was created through the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, a collaboration that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and MIT.