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keeping it simple.

Hi I am a single above knee amp who has for the last twenty years used a simple pegleg with an otto bock 4bar linkage knee. I work on my farm and have a nursery business so I get dirty, wet and have to walk on brocken ground every day. The technology is all very good but for me completely unaffordable and I am told likely to fail in these scenarios.

I live in Australia and my problem now is that because less and less people use pegs there is no standardised, registered base available…


Added by pete pegleg on July 3, 2013 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

Human Bionic Project: A Data Repository For Inspector Gadget Body Parts

via Co.Exist:

Creating a repository of every FDA-approved replacement part for

amputees, to make it easier for them to find the best ways to rebuild

their bodies.

In the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, nearly 1,600 American

soldiers have woken up without a limb. Fifteen survivors of the

Boston marathon bombings are new amputees. And in Sierra Leone, where

MIT graduate student David Sengeh is from, brutal tactics during the

country's 11-year…


Added by Wayne Renardson on June 30, 2013 at 7:11am — No Comments

Amputee Controls a Robotic Arm with His Nervous System (video)

via Gadget Review

Watch as this amputee controls a robotic arm using, well, his

nervous system.  And don't forget about the Luke Arm.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University used a flat interface

nerve electrode (FINE) to demonstrate direct sensory feedback. By

interfacing with residual nerves in the patient's partial limb, some

sense of touch by the fingers is restored. Other existing prosthetic

limb control systems rely solely on visual…


Added by Wayne Renardson on June 27, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Osseointegration Demo at ACA conference.

See me at the ACA conference for a demonstration of new function for short stump above elbow amputees who normally at my level give up wearing a prosthesis and to disprove the US myth and fear that this treatment fails because of infection- after 4 years it only gets better with no infection what so ever and living proof that this treatment works.

I am a 56 y o very short upper dominate arm amputee due to a car wreck 9 years ago, so short that amputees at my…


Added by Mark Lesek on May 25, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments

Weird guys at Fast Company, really weird.

First they DELETE Jon's and my comments from their "6 million dollar man" type bionic hype article and edit it to make it less imbecile looking.

So I re-post the comment recently.

Then they laugh off 3D printing for everyone.…


Added by Wolf Schweitzer on May 20, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Flying with a clipped wing.

I  was born with a congenital amputation below the right elbow.  Because I have always been this way - I have naturally (IMHO) adapted in most scenario to my one-handed'ness.  I have had different prosthesis's over the years - but rarely wear or use them.

I am currently starting flying lessons.  Being a little head of myself, I am part owner of a 1946 Fleet Canuck that…


Added by John Montgomery on April 25, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Searching for amputee subjects for cutting edge research


My name is Bill Cusack and I am a PhD candidate at Georgia Tech. I am studying the brain and what happens to it after a limb is amputated. My hope is to use my research to improve physical therapy for individuals with limb loss.

I'm currently looking for upper extremity amputee subjects. So if you or someone you know lives in the greater Atlanta area and may be interested, please feel free to contact me.


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Added by William Cusack on April 23, 2013 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Congratulations Fred Hernandez

Well it's official. Another American joins the ranks of Osseointegration. I had thr ILP implant inserted into my R femur yesterday and i'm feeling great. Woke up at 4 am feeling good and no real pain to speak of. just a little pressure at the end of the stump. Plan on showing it off at the Amputee oalition Conference this June. I know Mark will be attending and hope to see more of us there to help raise awareness in this technology.The FDA…


Added by Mark Lesek on April 18, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

A happy Chilean Amputee

Check this testimonial from a happy Chilean amputee chappy.-

Added by Mark Lesek on April 6, 2013 at 5:14am — No Comments

StumpworX Profile in Time Magazine Blog; Please Help Us Win Prototyping Money with Facebook Vote

Check out the bit on the new shoe-inspired prosthetic arm design that we're trying to create through StumpworX: Breaking the Mold in Prosthetic Arms By Nate Rawlings. I could use as many Facebook votes (Vote for StumpworX here) as I can to get a chance at winning the $10,000 ro $50,000 in prize money from the…


Added by Jon Kuniholm on March 26, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments


Hi all I am the Most difficult Osseointegration patient in the world but also the most successful.I lost almost my whole dominate right arm in a car wreck in Tasmania Australia in 2003. Shoulder disartics at my level rarely work-99% of arm ...amps at my level give up. Proths know…

Added by Mark Lesek on March 18, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Looking for the History of the Miracle artificial hand

Can any one supply the link to or about the Miracle Artificial hand circa 1932. To view the links connect to the following.   Cheers Mark Lesek.

Added by Mark Lesek on January 18, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

Handwriting / painting - specific hook

I recently got an old very light weight Hosmer hook with dedicated angles and grooves made specifically for hand writing, painting and other calligraphic entertainment requiring to hold a pencil like item at the right angle. 

What an item! Personally I find this tops just about any other terminal device that I have for office work.

Being a semi professional cartoon artist and avid artist for india ink drawing and paintings before my disability, and being an irreversible right…


Added by Wolf Schweitzer on January 14, 2013 at 2:27pm — No Comments

driveway warranty

Who needs Warranty. They did that to me with a Bock Arm and everybody gets screwed unless they have unlimited insurance. I Told the clinic OB may try and control every clinic and amputee in the World ,but they do not  control me and I have the desire and means to prove them and you wrong, That Public Hospital sacked me as a patient.I then  did exactly that.  Do what I do.Buy one on ebay -cheap . Find a prosthetist who will service it- Hard with the old boy closed shop culture, but they do…


Added by Mark Lesek on January 14, 2013 at 7:22am — No Comments

Osseointegration Debate.

 I do respect your opnion. I live however with the fact that my OI implant has changed and turned around my life for the better. Have you personally studied or worked with any OI amps? You obviously believe that if the FDA has not approved this procedure then it must not be safe and cite infection issues. Please be more open minded like your colleuge Al Pike who on examination of evidence believes this is a travesty. I have plenty of factual edvidence to the contary which simply cannot be…


Added by Mark Lesek on January 13, 2013 at 10:07am — No Comments

Congratulations Paul Pasquina

This Guy supports Osseointegration. Congrats. Paul, What happened to Osseointegration for US War Afghan-Iraq Vets

11 minutes ago · Like..

Mark Lesek Pau,l Thanks for your Hospitality at Walter Reed.We certainly pushed Osseointegration. What happened? What is with the conspiracy and coverup on OI Stateside? Is is vested US Prosthetic interests missing out? Sad really. I am living proof that this treatment works and have tried my best to set an…


Added by Mark Lesek on January 11, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Wrist control - suggestion for developers

After playing with my myo arm and other prosthetic arms (I mostly use a body powered arm), I found that wrist adaptations are underused. 

Here are my thoughts for developing a better wrist control strategy. 


Controlling a wrist does not have to be performed willfully. I suggest to use any type of measurement devices to control a wrist unit in a way that stabilizes a prosthetic hand or gripper in…


Added by Wolf Schweitzer on December 13, 2012 at 7:03am — No Comments

StumpworX Launch and Startup Competition (please vote)

I've started a for-profit business to serve as the Red Hat to Open Prosthetics' Linux, offering service and support for manufactured prosthetic arm suspension and components. Check out my pitch video and please vote for us to win a $5000 startup competition prize here:

We're focusing first on suspension, because it represents the vast majority of reasons that people don't wear arms… Continue

Added by Jon Kuniholm on November 22, 2012 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

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