Since antiquity, health professionals have sought ways to provide and improve prosthetic devices to ease the suffering of those living with limb loss. Mid-century modern engineering techniques, in part, developed and funded by the American industrial war effort, led to numerous innovations and standardization of mass-customized products. Followed by the Digital Revolution, we are now experiencing the roboticization of prosthetic limbs. As innovations have come and gone, some essential technologies have been forgotten or ignored. Many successful products have been commercialized, but unfortunately, they are often rationed to those who need them most. Here we present a prototype device based on many prior discoveries, utilizing commercially available parts when possible. This device has the potential to reduce the overall costs of powered robotic prosthetics, making them accessible to those with knee instability or the fear of falling. Additional benefits of this device are that it is designed to improve the kinematic and kinetic symmetry of the lower extremities, including the hips. We will design, prototype, and test this robotic prosthetic leg for feasibility and safe performance.
KEYWORDS: ENGINEERING, LIMB LOSS, FEAR OF FALLING, POWERED ROBOTIC PROSTHETIC LEG, PROTOTYPE
School of Allied Health Professions
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Artificial Limbs; Biomechanical Phenomena; Robotics
xviii, 127 p.
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Davidson, Michael, "The Design, Prototype, and Testing of a Robotic Prosthetic Leg" (2022). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1760.
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