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June 26, 2018

Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking

New design can be tuned to an individual’s body weight and size.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options, including artificial knees controlled by microchips, sensor-laden feet driven by artificial intelligence, and robotic hands that a user can manipulate with her mind. But such high-tech designs can cost tens of thousands of dollars, making them unattainable for many amputees, particularly in developing countries.