Advances in Bionics and Medical Exoskeletons

When: January 16, 2019, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Regis College, Fine Arts Center, 235 Wellesley St., Weston, MA

Bionics and Exoskeletons – Advances in Technology and Current Unmet Needs for Prosthetics

While there have been primitive versions of prosthetic limbs for most of human history, full functional replacement has largely only been realized in science fiction. The performance and capability of both exoskeletons and bionics are markedly enhanced by technologies that sensitively and accurately interpret and respond to patient nerve signals and, in some recent research, send appropriate sensory signals back. Bionics are being used for developing artificial limbs that benefit people affected by, for example, spinal cord injuries, neurodegenerative diseases, and amputation. Medical exoskeletons can be used when trauma or diseases like ALS weaken one or more limbs. The loss of a limb, either by paralysis or physical removal, starts a lifelong mission to compensate for the missing function. Using modern robotics and lightweight materials exoskeletons can augment and even replace much of the function that the muscles once performed.

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