Breakthroughs in prosthetics technology here now

07/10/2006 | NYTimes.com

Iceland's Ossur says its Rheo Knee is the first prosthetic knee with artificial intelligence, using 15 sensors and a computer, and responds better than traditional prosthetic limbs. Other industry advances are expected soon, and include bionic feet, artificial hands with a better grip and cochlear implants. The field is benefiting from military funding and breakthroughs in tissue technology, robotics, batteries and chip designs.

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