elephant with prosthetic leg

Elephant Loses Leg and Receives Prosthetic

We don’t specialize in animal or pet prosthetics, but it’s always interesting to see how veterinarians can apply prosthetic technology to animals, especially animals as large as an elephant!

French tattoo artist JC Sheitan

Artist with Custom Tattoo Gun Prosthetic Arm

French tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet has a prosthetic arm with a tattoo gun built in! Although he only uses this prosthetic for exhibitions, it’s a fantastic example of the possibilities of prosthetics.

Little girl with doll

Girl with Prosthetic Leg Receives Matching Doll

Emma is a young girl with a prosthetic leg. Like many girls her age, Emma wanted a doll that she could relate to. Her parents had A Step Ahead Prosthetics in the U.S. modify an American Girl doll to have a prosthetic leg. Needless to say, Emma was ecstatic to receive her doll.
Gertie. Photo credit Vancouverisawesome.com

Gertie the Turkey Turkey Receives Prosthetic Leg Thanks to Fundraiser

A heartwarming, yet unconventional Thanksgiving story. An animal sanctuary in B.C. recently had a vegan Thanksgiving fundraiser, the funds of which will go toward a prosthetic leg for a beloved turkey area turkey.
Child with prosthetic arm. Photo credit Ohsu.edu / Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Improving Aesthetics of Prosthetics for Kids

Functionality is the most important aspect of a prosthetic limb, but to a child, aesthetics are very important. Limbitless Solutions, the nonprofit organization based at the University of Central Florida founded by students of UCF, creates stylish 3D printed custom prosthetics for children. 3D technology is looking to be a great addition to custom prosthetic and orthotic solutions.
A prosthetic hand mimicing the movement of a real hand. Image credit NC State Unviersity News.

Technology for Prosthetic Hands is Making Them More Intuitive

Research and engineer teams from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are developing new technology to decode neuromuscular signals in order to control powered prosthetic wrists and hands, making them more intuitive and natural for the user.
Aadeel Akhtar, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Illinois holding prosthesis. Image credit L. Brian Stauffer and Illinois News Bureau

New Sensory Feedback Technology Makes Electronic Prosthesis More Reliable

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on sensory feedback control algorithm to improve the reliability of connections in a prosthetic socket. This could increase reliability of high performance electronic prosthesis, even in high stress situations.
Researchers working with patients. Photo courtesey of MIT Researchers

Researchers at MIT Developing New, Simple & Inexpensive Prosthetic Foot/Ankle Technology

Researchers at MIT are working on a new, passive prosthetic foot/ankle that would mimic the natural movements of the natural limb, but require less input/control from the user and less components/technology to develop.
Graphic of person using prosthetic arm. Image credit Imperial College London

Machine Learning Could Make Prosthetics More Intuitive and Natural

Scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Göttingen are working with machine learning to develop more natural moving and intuitive prosthetics, improving mobility and the connection the user has with their prosthetic.