Weaves of Grass Hemp Gives Amputees a Material Advantage
When Marc Dunshee’s prosthetic tech asked how he’d feel about trying a socket made from hemp fabric, Dunshee had no idea how to answer. “I’d never even considered that,” he says. Four years later, Dunshee is running marathons and triathlons on his hemp leg, which has no cracks, chips, or splinters despite heavy usage. Find out why he thinks this natural fiber beats carbon and fiberglass sockets—and how soon you might get a chance to try one.MORE
Machine Learning The Wikipedia of Bionic Limbs
With innovation in bionic limb technology accelerating quickly, Bionics for Everyone is an essential source of information about the latest developments. In this guest post, site founder Wayne Williams sums up the state of play in upper- and lower-limb bionics as we enter 2021. Most of the electromechanical issues related to bionic limbs have been solved, he explains. So what’s the next frontier?MORE
Closing Ceremonies Will the Paralympics Be Cancelled?
The president of the International Paralympic Committee says this year's Games will make history. The pandemic, he says, draws extra attention to the perseverance, adaptive brilliance, and sheer guts that make paraathletics so compelling. But after a recent COVID surge, 80 percent of Japanese citizens want to cancel the Olympics and Paralympics. Travel restrictions and a muddled competition schedule further complicate the situation. Here's the latest state of play.MORE
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