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AI adapts the prosthesis for a specific patient in minutes


Patients who get roboticlimbs, usually unable to adapt immediately to a complex functional device. It takes several hours of manual adjustment to adapt the prosthesis to the client’s individual walking style. However, in this field of medicine, the introduction of artificial intelligence can benefit all: both patients and specialists.


For comparison, technology with AI automaticallyadjusts the robotic knee for a few minutes, allowing those who wear it to walk smoothly on a flat surface for 10 minutes. The system analyzes the indicators from the sensors, which should fluctuate within the prescribed limits, characteristic of ordinary, unhurried walking. If the data deviates from the norm, the AI ​​corrects the operation of the nodes of the robotic prosthesis, normalizing the rhythm of the movement.

However, while the technology with AI has many drawbacks: the chip with AI is energy-consuming and not hidden at all, it is directly visible from the back of the prosthesis, the prototype works only on a flat surface (so far there is no talk about walking over rough terrain, on slopes or stairs) and it is not universal, that is, it’s far from for every amputee person. The team will continue working on these problems.

Source: engadget.com