See the Affordable Tech That Lets Amputees Run
A new generation of technology is enhancing the independence, safety, and control of persons with disabilities. Jérôme Bernard, a computer engineer who is also a passionate athlete, has helped develop the Hopper Blades, an orthopedic device that allows people whose legs have been amputated or who were born without legs to walk and even compete professionally.
This device has improved the quality of life for many people, thanks to its innovative design and accessibility.
The science and other stuff to know
Jérôme had the idea of building orthopedic legs especially for running, which would allow him to practice his sport comfortably and safely. Moreover, this could be of use to other people in his situation.
To develop an innovative and accessible product for all, he contacted a team of students from IMT Mines, and the development teams from Airbus and Salomon. They collaborated to create the Hopper Blades, whose light and resistant design was tested on professional athletes under biomechanical controls. This was done to improve the users’ posture and protect the knees and hips from the impact of the sport.
The device is for sale, and it offers a trial period and financing options to ensure that everyone who needs this type of technology has access to it.
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