Technology to Help Amputees Gain Better Mobility

Anne Silverman, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Mines, wants to help change this, and her research is yielding some valuable information. Recently, she investigated lower-limb mechanics in individuals with an amputation. The 24 subjects she included, a little more than half of whom were amputees, had small, reflective spheres attached to their feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs and hips. High-speed motion-capture cameras then tracked the movement of the spheres, allowing Silverman to characterize human-body motion. Silverman explains that it’s the same technology used to reproduce realistic movements for animated films and the video gaming industry. After combining data...

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