A team at Stanford University has been able to create an artificial knee that costs less than $20 to manufacture. The project was originated from the Biomedical Device Design and Evaluation class at Stanford. The project is called the JaipurKnee. Joel Sadler and his classmates were presented with the task of creating a low-cost knee joint for amputees living in developing countries.
Other low-cost knee joint metallic limbs used single-axis joints which ended up roating like a door hinge, but they were too unstable. The JaipurKnee has self-lubricating joints with greater flexibility than the alternatives. Sadler hopes to distribute 100,000 joints to amputees in the next three years and we applaud him for his philanthropic efforts.
[via Medgadget/Stanford PR]