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Human vs The Bionic Model


Bionics incorporates artificial intelligence, an established yet constantly evolving branch of computer science that deals with intelligent behaviour, learning and adaptation in machines. Many of the latest development in prosthetic devices come from advances in bionics in the form of microprocessors, battery technology and neurotechnology.

For example, Össur’s RHEO knee “learns” constantly, analysing how the user walks and adapting its response accordingly. This means the device’s safety and functionality are enhanced, which helps reduce mental and physical effort, as well as the strain on other parts of the body that follows an amputation.

Our POWER knee augments the intelligent behaviour of the prosthesis with battery-powered actuators that control its movement, playing a similar role to that of muscles in human movement. While no prosthesis is going to be as good as a natural limb for some time to come, developments in bionics have allowed people with limb loss to enjoy more physical freedom than was previously thought possible.


Anyone interested in a product from Össur’s Bionic Technology range should consider consulting a prosthetist certified by the Össur Academy. This will ensure that you receive advice from a medical professional with an advanced level of knowledge who is up to date with the latest developments in Össur’s product range.