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“Smart” prosthetic ankle takes fear out of rough terrain, stairs

Posted by on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in News.

It’s virtually impossible to know Mike Sasser’s left leg is a prosthetic one – after a decade of practice, he moves surely and swiftly through his busy days as a consultant and father.

But when Sasser encounters uneven ground or a flight of stairs, he focuses very hard on balance, because that’s when using a prosthetic can mean taking a tumble. For years, he’s been visiting a Vanderbilt University mechanical engineering laboratory, making a difference by testing a new “smart” prosthetic ankle that moves with the user.