Technology has changed virtually every facet of life in today’s society. People can video chat with other people that are thousands of miles away. People can ask Alexia to play a certain song just talking at a device! And let’s not forget some vehicles have cameras that lets a person see what is in back of them as they are backing up!
In many of the same ways, technology has made life easier, and that is especially true with people with prosthetic extremities. Many, many years ago if a person was missing a limb, it was not uncommon for them to wrap it up in cloth or use a table leg as a make-shift human leg. Hence, that is where the term “peg leg” came from. Well, good-bye “peg leg” and hello bionic leg, literally! Advancements in prosthetic technologies are amazing and a closer look reveal that prosthetic limbs can do more than was once thought.
For starters, technology in hand prosthetics is amazing! For instance, one prosthetic hand has 14 different grip patterns available! With this hand, a person can do a multitude of tasks such as eating meals, carrying bags, opening doors, turning on and off light switches and typing. Not only is it versatile in capabilities, it looks human-like. The foldaway fingers give it natural feel.
Another amazing advancement is with the technologies with the lower extremities. For example, some prosthetic feet have microprocessor units that respond to feedback from sensors. These technologies can react to motions such as walking speed, incline and decline. These prosthetics communicate with smartphones in the way of Bluetooth, and like cellphones, need to be charged on a regular basis.
Additionally, prosthetics can be used at the knee joint. The knee is made up of a microprocessor, a hydraulic resistance system and a battery. Within the knee are sensors that detect movement such as walking at a different speed, walking on a different surface, or going up or down different elevations. When the knee detects a change, it adjusts the resistance of the joint.
Technology has made so many advances that is now possible to have a prosthetic leg from the hip to the foot. It is based on the same technology as the knee prosthetic with a few more functions. With a leg prosthetic, a person has the mobility to biking, running, dancing and golfing.
It is truly amazing how prosthetics have change things, not just for the person with the amputation, but for a society as a whole. It should not matter how life gets done, as long as life gets done.
The Fifth Freedom Network