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Vandy’s New Foot is a Step Forward

A new smart prosthetic ankle adjusts to different terrains, using a motor, actuator, sensors and a chip that make the foot conform to different types of surfaces.

The foot was designed by a team led by Dr. Michael Goldfarb at the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology at Vanderbilt University.

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“I’ve tried hydraulic ankles that had no sort of microprocessors, and they’ve been clunky, heavy and unforgiving for an active person,” Mike Sasser, who is using the prosthetic in a trial, said in a write-up of the development on Vanderbilt’s website. “This isn’t that. It actually lifts the toe for you. There’s a definite market for this.”

The team hopes to commercialize the ankle within the next couple of years.

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