Jaipurfoot is the largest exoskeletal prosthetic fitting community in the world with a large network in India. However, their prosthetic system lacks a knee joint. The Exo-Knee team will collaborate with Jaipurfoot to develop a knee prosthesis. Transfemoral prosthetic technology is perhaps one of the most researched and well-funded areas for prosthetic development in the world. However, there is currently no prosthetic knee joint which satisfies the following requirements:
- Resembles an actual human leg. (Aesthetics are important in many developing countries)
- Is affordable
- Has an alignment system to be fitted on various types of patients
- Has the safety feature of a locking mechanism during the stance phase to prevent knee buckling.
Our technology idea is to develop an above-knee prosthesis that satisfies these above requirements- an enhancement of the Stanford Knee. In addition, we will design an efficient and effective dissemination method for our prosthetic system by combining a crowd-fund, training system, and fitting camp organized with Jaipurfoot. The latter will be done in collaboration with Kopernik and Jaipurfoot.