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The BiOM is a below knee robotic prosthesis that designed for use by individuals with lower extremity amputation. This prosthesis, which includes the foot, ankle, and lower calf, uses robotics to replicate the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. With each step, the BiOM provides a powered push-off which propels the wearer forward. Powered plantar flexion enables the prosthesis to normalize the gait and metabolic demands to those of non-amputees. With its bionic functionality, this prosthesis can resolve clinical issues faced by amputees, including tiredness, slowness, and a feeling of being unstable on their feet. The robotic muscle power provided by the BiOM during toe-off requires less energy from the user. It also provides more power when the user walks faster and less when the user walks slower, which produces a natural gait at variable speeds. Users are able to negotiate stairs and inclines with increased confidence and stability due to improved articulation and the design’s ability to mechanically yield and conform.
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