Latest in Goats

Image credit:

Goat-inspired prosthetic leg will give rock climbers better footing

30 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

For all the neural-controlled, bluetooth-enabled and sport-specific prosthetics humanity has designed over the years, one thing remains constant: most of of them are lousy for climbing rock faces. Design student Kai Lin learned this while researching artificial limbs in a prosthetic-design class at Pratt Institute -- traditional leg prosthetics don't have enough grip or articulation to facilitate effective climbing. Lin's solution to the problem is almost elegant in its simplicity. He designed a prosthetic leg inspired by one of nature's best rock climbers: the mountain goat.

Why a goat? Well, aside from the amazing YouTube videos one can find of the creatures scaling near vertical rock faces, Lin found that the cupped surface of the goat's hooves create natural suction on hard surfaces. Better still, the hard outer shell gives the animals stable footing on steep rocks. Inspired by the hoof, Lin created three prototype stilts to help him refine the footing for his prosthetic design, eventually settling on a mid-sized foot with a hoof-like sole.

Does it work? Unfortunately, we don't know just yet. Lin is still in the design phase, and hasn't reached the point where he's comfortable producing a working prototype. When he does finish the design, he plans on calling the prosthetic Klippa -- Swedish for "cliff." You can check out the student's design work at the Pratt Institute link at the source link below.

[Image credit: Kai Lin, Pratt Institute]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
30 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Google Translate is getting a transcribe mode for lectures, speeches

Google Translate is getting a transcribe mode for lectures, speeches

View
Google's latest stab at messaging may be an all-in-one business app

Google's latest stab at messaging may be an all-in-one business app

View
Mini's 2020 Cooper SE zips around town powered by electrons

Mini's 2020 Cooper SE zips around town powered by electrons

View
Apple's latest iPhone lineup was a hit during the holidays

Apple's latest iPhone lineup was a hit during the holidays

View
'Destiny 2' is offline as Bungie tries to fix a data-erasing bug (updated)

'Destiny 2' is offline as Bungie tries to fix a data-erasing bug (updated)

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr