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Wired.com blogger Judy Berna recently wrote about her experience with Peak Prosthetic Designs, founded by Joe Mahon, a prosthetist who has pioneered the use of the Boa Closure System into his designs.
Here’s an excerpt from the full article, which can be found on Wired.com’s Geekmom blog:
“A few years later Joe found himself on the ski chair lift, taking a call from a patient as he took in the mountain views. His patient desperately needed one of those five-minute adjustments before she left town later that day. But for that to happen Joe would have to cut short his ski date on a blue bird powder day and drive all the way back down the mountain, just for a five-minute tweak. Once again, this time for more selfish reasons, he wished his amputee patients could adjust their own leg sockets.
After he slid off the chair lift and headed into what would be his last run, he stopped to wait for his wife to adjust her snowboard boots. Trying to be patient, he watched her turn the wheel to unclick, then re-click, the Boa ratcheting system on her boots until she had complete comfort. In that moment Joe had his revelation.
Why couldn’t prosthetic legs be adjusted with a Boa ratcheting system? What if an amputee could adjust her own leg, with a few clicks of a wheel, finding her own sweet spot of comfort? The lacing worked so well in snowboard boots and other sports shoes, thanks to the patented system by BOA Technologies, why not incorporate it into a leg?”
Keep reading here: http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/10/revolution-in-prosthetics
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