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Intelligent Prosthesis Makes Strides

Yesterday's New York Times showcased an innovative prosthetic foot that uses artificial intelligence to replace lost muscle function in amputees. The Proprio Foot, created by Icelandic manufacturer Ossur, has sensors that imitate neural receptors to keep track of where the foot is in space (also known as artificial proprioception).

The Times' interactive graphic illustrates how the device's components, which also include software and actuators, generate a more natural and safer way of walking. Patients with the Proprio Foot should be able to walk up ramps and stairs with more ease, a task that can often be quite difficult with a prosthetic foot.

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