Before there was Caplex, developers of prosthetic foot technologies had no choice but to build prototype after prototype in the pursuit of perfection. In 2010, Josh Caputo, Steve Collins, and Peter Adamczyk came together and began to build an emulation paradigm that today is enabling researchers, developers, and clinician scientists around the world to iterate on prosthetic foot design parameters more quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Proof-of-concept work at Carnegie Mellon University with 1- and 2-degree-of-freedom emulators paved the way for future development of a 3-degree-of-freedom emulator at Stanford University, Clinical Decision-Making with Caplex between Humotech and the DoD & VA, Demystifying Biarticular Actuation between Humotech and Vanderbilt University, and more!
In today’s workforce status quo, certain jobs inevitably come with a higher risk for bodily injury. Warehouse operators, construction workers, health care workers, agricultural workers, and many essential jobs require lifting, bending, and repetitive movement that can strain the back and body.
Featured Research Publications
Robotic emulation of candidate prosthetic foot designs may enable efficient, evidence-based, and individualized prescriptions
Caputo JM, Dvorak E, Shipley K, Miknevich MA, Adamczyk PG, Collins SH. (2021) Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics.
Chiu VL; Voloshina AS; Collins; SH. (2020) IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.
Increasing ankle push-off work with a powered prosthesis does not necessarily reduce metabolic rate for transtibial amputees
Quesada RE, Caputo JM, Collins SH. (2016) Journal of Biomechanics.
Caputo JM, Collins SH. (2014) Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.