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Energy Efficient Ankle Mimicking Powered Prosthetic from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VIDEO)

Research engineers at Vrije Universiteit Brussel have developed a new powered transtibial prosthesis that mimics natural ankle movement and uses energy in an efficient way. Instead of using powerful motors that start and stop with every step, the system continuously runs a little electrical motor that keeps stretching a rubber band, which is in turn used by the foot as a source of motive power.
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