Realizing the Promise of Robotic Leg Prostheses

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Science Translational Medicine  06 Nov 2013:
Vol. 5, Issue 210, pp. 210ps15
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3007312

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Recent advances in robotics technology are enabling the emergence of robotic leg prostheses that can emulate the full biomechanical functionality of the healthy limb. The behavior of such prostheses is software-controllable, in an analogous manner to the way in which the central nervous system controls the human musculoskeletal system. Although these prostheses have the capability of reproducing the biomechanical behavior of the healthy limb, their ability to do so is a function of how well the prosthesis control system coordinates the movement of the leg with the movement of the user.

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