Hanger will begin fitting civilians with a carbon-fiber exoskeleton orthosis first developed by prosthetist Ryan Blanck at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis assists patients with intact but weakened or injured legs by employing a foot plate that stores and releases energy when users take a step, similarly to a prosthetic running blade. Blanck will lead Hanger’s program for the IDEO in Seattle.

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