The development of a light, compact, efficient, ultra-low-powered, untethered Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) system has the potential to yield significant advances in orthotic control mechanisms and treatment strategies.
Pneumatics technology has been used in medical devices for many years, but now there are significant technology advances that are producing finer proportional control than in the past. Pneumatic systems are also working on portability issues, and solutions for low power designs.
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.