In the technological age everything is getting more advanced every day. TVs no longer need remotes, and people can talk to their houses. Cars get plugged in every night to the wall and windows create energy by absorbing sun light. In the technology age it could be said then that every thing is getting better.
Just like the windows that create energy or the car that runs off the electricity from the house prosthetics are getting better every day. Twenty or thirty years ago if a person lost a leg it could be made so that they could still walk, but now, the loss of a leg cannot stop the most determined athletes. In the 60′s and 70′s, an amputee driving would have been considered dangerous, but because of technology, people with prosthetics can drive school buses, 18 wheelers, and motorcycles. Technology is the equalizer of our society. Here are a few other prosthetic advancements.
New Prosthetic Technology
1. Feeling- New technology recently out is using sensors in, and neural connection to provide feeling. The technology is very new but hopes to be able to provide recipients of prosthetic limbs to be able to feel and touch using connections in the new limbs.
2. Regenerative Kinetic Technology- New, below the knee limbs that were developed at the University of Arizona in 2007 are almost ready to be released. The new leg prosthetic using regenerative kinetic technology and springs to help the limb remember the motions as well as push back against the wearer making it feel more natural.
3. Video Game Technology- Other prosthetics are now using the same technology used to build the sensors for the Nintendo Wii to monitor peoples movements and give the prosthetic more balance.
Prosthetic technology is advancing every day and making the lives of those who wear them better.