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Climbing 103 Floors On a 'Bionic' Leg

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the holy-moley! dept.

Biotech 117

An anonymous reader writes "4 years ago I read about experimental targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery on Slashdot. 3 years ago I crashed my motorcycle and had my leg amputated — at which time I had TMR done. Today I climbed 103 floors of the Willis Tower in Chicago with a experimental prosthetic using TMR. Thanks, Slashdot."

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Good Job (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879437)

Determination, Strength, and Cool Factor.

You rock dude, I tip my hat.

Re:Good Job (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879543)

It would have been cool if he'd actually climbed the building, but instead I find out he just walked up the stairs. Big fucking deal, I could walk up those stairs and with a bionic leg it would be even easier.

This guy should cut off his other leg so he can get two of those robot feet.

Re:Good Job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879565)

Re:Good Job (2)

deroby (568773) | about 2 years ago | (#41885221)

Incredible, even Trailers are 'forbidden' outside the US ...

Re:Good Job (5, Funny)

partyguerrilla (1597357) | about 2 years ago | (#41880043)

I could walk up those stairs and with a bionic leg it would be even easier.

He never asked for this.

Re:Good Job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880075)

Are you saying someone installed a bionic leg on him without his permission?

Re:Good Job (3, Funny)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41879781)

What you talkin' bout Willis.... Tower?

Re:Good Job (2)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 2 years ago | (#41880023)

The tower was named after Chicago's greatest son, Wesley Willis. [alternativetentacles.com]

Re:Good Job (2)

jbengt (874751) | about 2 years ago | (#41880303)

Actually, it was named for Willis Group Holdings, a leaseholder who got the naming rights in 2009.

Re:Good Job (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#41880433)

What you talkin' bout Willis.... Tower?

He means the tower formery known as Sears.

Re:Good Job (2)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41880945)

I love the "Tower formerly know as Sears!' People just don't understand the Tower, yo! It's a Chicago thing.. It's "the Tower" now for short.

Re:Good Job (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41881019)

"The Tower" refuses to acknowledge it's "slave name!" Power to the PEOPLE! Word.

Re:Good Job (1)

Erikderzweite (1146485) | about 2 years ago | (#41881409)

You mean "Tower to the PEOPLE!"?

Re:Good Job (1)

zlives (2009072) | about 2 years ago | (#41884999)

+1 funny

No, (5, Insightful)

tfocker4 (2750497) | about 2 years ago | (#41879469)

Thank you anonymous reader. No one could rightfully call you an anonymous coward.

Zac Vawter (2)

davidwr (791652) | about 2 years ago | (#41880479)

How ironic that He's "anonymous reader" on /. but Zac Vawter in the article.

Nevermind the lack of a name on the submission, this technology is a cool thing for all future amputees.

None of those stupid keyboard/computer jokes (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879475)

If you make them I'll kick you with my new leg. Also, none of those, I'd give up my left arm to be amdiextrous jokes either. Those are just not funny.

Re:None of those stupid keyboard/computer jokes (5, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 2 years ago | (#41879535)

Which of his legs was bionically enhanced, his left, right or third?

Also, FWIW, I have both my legs and wouldn't make it up those 103 stairs.

Re:None of those stupid keyboard/computer jokes (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#41882261)

I am biologically enhanced by a device called an elevator.

Re:None of those stupid keyboard/computer jokes (1)

Corbets (169101) | about 2 years ago | (#41885353)

Which of his legs was bionically enhanced, his left, right or third?

Also, FWIW, I have both my legs and wouldn't make it up those 103 stairs.

Worse - it's 103 floors, not stairs. ;)

Re:None of those stupid keyboard/computer jokes (1)

dodobh (65811) | about 2 years ago | (#41886825)

GP has special 1 floor boots, which let him climb a whole floor as a single step. They are scaled down 21 league boots.

Congrats! (3, Insightful)

csumpi (2258986) | about 2 years ago | (#41879481)

Your courage and determination is inspiring. Wish you the best.

Re:Congrats! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41881373)

Talk about overly patronizing and condescending. He has a fucking bionic limb, he's not a brain-dead cripple. In fact, his leg is superior to our own crude flesh and blood legs.

People like you sicken me. Show some respect.

Re:Congrats! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41887091)

Talk about overly patronizing and condescending. He has a fucking bionic limb, he's not a brain-dead cripple. In fact, his leg is superior to our own crude flesh and blood legs.

People like you sicken me. Show some respect.

Yeah, I mean, after a vehicle crash which could have killed him but instead only resulted in doctors sawing off his leg, they just dabbed a little Ben-Gay under his nose to wake him up and said, "Dude, we TOTALLY had to cut your leg off. But fortunately we had this other robotic one lying around". Then he just slid it on over his freshly ground-meat stump like new silk stockings and instantly dashed out the door to catch the 4:49pm express bus home, where life went on just as before, even better in fact. Whole process was like 5 minutes. Nothing cool to see here folks. Move along.

Congratulations! (2)

patmandu (247443) | about 2 years ago | (#41879505)

That must have felt good...

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879515)

WOW!

Post 911 (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 2 years ago | (#41879517)

You were in the stairwell of a major landmark building, with a strange device strapped to your body? You must be a terrorist.

Re:Post 911 (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#41880461)

You were in the stairwell of a major landmark building, with a strange device strapped to your body? You must be a terrorist.

Don't call the number they gave you.

Re:Post 911 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41884657)

Don't bother calling 911, everybody knows the real number is 912.

Nerdy question... (4, Interesting)

Kergan (780543) | about 2 years ago | (#41879547)

Congrats!

Out of curiosity if you don't mind the (potentially awkward) question, how does it work/feel when you control a bionic leg? Scanning the wiki article, I sounds like it's basically plugged into the nervous system at where the amputation took place, and you had to retrain the neural system so the bionic limb responds accurately? (Complete with some level of sensory feedback?)

Re:Nerdy question... (1)

jimshatt (1002452) | about 2 years ago | (#41879693)

I've always wondered about that too. I guess there isn't much sensory feedback other than yourself seeing your bionic limb movements, which might well be enough. I don't know if you can actually feel your foot touch the ground or anything.

Re:Nerdy question... (2)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | about 2 years ago | (#41879787)

My guess would be that you would feel the pressure at the point where the artificial limb is attached to the body when you shift your weight to that side.

Also, huge props for not giving up to the OP.

Now, I would be curious to know if medical paid for it, or if he paid out of pocket (or with donors helping out).

Re:Nerdy question... (2)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 2 years ago | (#41883757)

Now, I would be curious to know if medical paid for it, or if he paid out of pocket (or with donors helping out).

Usually when you agree to be a medical guinea pig, the researchers cover related medical costs and incidentals like transport/meals. They may have even paid him a bit ontop of all that.

Re:Nerdy question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880575)

If there's no sensory feedback I think it would feel similar to using tools with unusual parts of your body - e.g. control a tennis racket with your feet or eyebrows even.

After a while you get used to it and it becomes second nature.

It's somewhat relative- I'm kinda normal but a top gymnast or parkour nut would probably feel crippled in my body.

Re:Nerdy question... (3, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41880597)

I don't know about a bionic leg, but I have a bionic lens in my left eye. I had to practice reading to strengthen the focusing muscles I hadn't used in ten years, but the actual workings are just like with a normal 20 year old eye. even though I'm 60..

I would imagine at first the leg would take a little getting used to, but after a while it will probably be natural to him. Except that leg looks pretty heavy.

Thanks to you sir! (3, Interesting)

jenningsthecat (1525947) | about 2 years ago | (#41879551)

It's wonderful to read such a positive and inspiring story. Bravo!

Great! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879555)

Contratulations!
The force IS with you! :-)

so jealous (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879557)

The man has a bionic leg!

signed: sheldon cooper.

Enhanced robotics training (5, Interesting)

foniksonik (573572) | about 2 years ago | (#41879569)

Wondering if the data collected from this cyborg (yes dude you're now a cyborg), could also be useful as training data for independent robotics.

Have you ever thought of open sourcing your leg data :) Could be a huge contribution to OSS robotics. Maybe get other's with prosthetics to contribute as well; arm, hands, feet.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (2)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | about 2 years ago | (#41879805)

As awesome as that would be.. I'm betting that the company that made the leg owns the rights to all the data generated from it.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | about 2 years ago | (#41880353)

It may be worse than that. The manufacturer may own the rights to any device or system into which it is installed. This guy is screwed!

Re:Enhanced robotics training (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41880743)

The manufacturer may own the rights to any device or system into which it is installed. This guy is screwed!

How is the man with the world's best prosthetic leg in any way screwed?

Re:Enhanced robotics training (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#41882323)

How is the man with the world's best prosthetic leg in any way screwed?

Well... he has a prosthetic leg, for one.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (2)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41881353)

Please get a clue.. Go to www.ric.org before you jump to a stupid and wrong conclusion. The Ric uses parts from all types of manufacturers. You could say they are the first "open source" prosthetics shop.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (4, Funny)

NEDHead (1651195) | about 2 years ago | (#41883993)

Fortunately for you, there is ongoing work underway on a prosthetic sense of humor.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41880659)

Wondering if the data collected from this cyborg (yes dude you're now a cyborg)

You'd be surprised how many cyborgs there are. There are a lot of folks with artificial joints, pacemakers, cochlear implants, and all sorts of artificial machinery incorporated into their bodies.

When it's time for you to become a cyborg, not only will resistance be futile, you will be damned glad to be assimilated.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41883867)

I have always figured if something happened to me and I loss an arm or hand and I got a bionic hand that is thought controlled, I would so want to get a USB keyboard/mouse hack added to it.

Re:Enhanced robotics training (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41885977)

Fuck you! I said none of those stupid jokes. They were stupid three years ago and they are fucking worse today. I'm coming for you, you'll be getting a kicking with my shiney new leg.

Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879581)

Yet more proof that Cybernetics don't make people less human, they make them More Human.

I, for one, welcome our new Cyborg overlords.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41880723)

Yet more proof that Cybernetics don't make people less human, they make them More Human. I, for one, welcome our new Cyborg overlords.

No, it doesn't make one more human, only more functional. I'm not 100% human but I'm more functional than I was before my CrystaLens was implanted.

Your brain makes you human. So I'm human, only with a non-human device implanted. Oh, and we're not your overlords (Cheney was, look how that turned out. I certainly didn't welcome him!)

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

UnresolvedExternal (665288) | about 2 years ago | (#41881059)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41881809)

Your brain makes you human.

Retarded kids are sub-human and don't need rights.

In my state, the same laws that make it illegal to fuck 12 year olds make it illegal to fuck retards. Every time wording is encountered about someone being too young, it involves a list of things separated by commas. Under X age, or with more than a 4 year age difference, or with reduced mental facilities. They go through every length to make sure screwing retards is the same as screwing very small, possibly pre-pubescent children.

Retards must be removed from the gene pool because they have less functional brains and are thus less human. Making it illegal to screw sub-human retards is the best way to do that, according to my state politicians. I see now. "Protecting them" is a good cover story.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

ImprovOmega (744717) | about 2 years ago | (#41884109)

Retards must be removed from the gene pool because they have less functional brains and are thus less human. Making it illegal to screw sub-human retards is the best way to do that, according to my state politicians. I see now. "Protecting them" is a good cover story.

Umm....it's about ability to consent. To the best of our knowledge and ability, people who are protected under such laws lack sufficient faculties to grant consent to the person having sex with them. Ergo, they were raped. It has nothing to do with "purifying" the gene pool, and everything to do with being as humane as possible to people who got a raw deal due to fate/circumstance/birth/whatever.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41885405)

Yes, exactly. So while 19 year olds can have premarital sex in college with their entire dorm and come home pregnant, retards are just like the 12 year old gifted girl that made it into college early by passing her GED and escaping middle school: oh she's a hot college freshman, but if you fuck her you go to jail.

You see? This is how we ensure 'humane' treatment and 'protect' these people. Make sure nobody can 'take advantage of them'. If they get pregnant, somebody done broke the law.

Wink wink nudge nudge.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41886669)

Cool red herring, bro.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 2 years ago | (#41882049)

"Your brain makes you human."

Try telling that to the anti-euthanasia or pro-life crowds. They don't care about the brain: To them, humans are magical because God breathed soul-stuff into them.

Re:Cyborgs are Cool. (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | about 2 years ago | (#41884317)

I am hoping that full body prosthesis happens in my lifetime (no organic parts left), just upload me into my shiny new body!

Congratulations! (3)

johncalvinyoung (1864782) | about 2 years ago | (#41879591)

Saw an article about your planned attempt yesterday, happy to see it went well. Congratulations on a serious dose of grit and perseverance. Sorry to hear that it's not yet marketable--any clue how long? Not an amputee myself, but immense respect and sympathy for you guys...

Willis Tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879599)

Is that taller than the Sears Tower?

Re:Willis Tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880471)

Is that taller than the Sears Tower?

They're almost exactly the same height.

Posting anonymously for clueless mods who might not get it.

Re:Willis Tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880955)

For those that don't get it, it is the same tower, different name.

Missing from Summery (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879601)

It's important to clarify that this was a neural controlled bionic leg. Coming from the Chicago Suburbs, I was greeted pleasantly by this news this morning, as well as by the news that Senator Kirk was able to complete the same feat after his severe stroke in January.

Re:Missing from Summery (2)

tverbeek (457094) | about 2 years ago | (#41880125)

Although I am not a political supporter of Senator Mark Kirk, I think it's also worth noting that he successfully climbed 37 floors as pat of this same challenge, following rehab from a stroke in January. Congratulations to the senator as well.

Outstanding, (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879611)

Looks like it works pretty well.

Can you publish more details?

Is it running with your balance system or if it has supplemental gyros.

What improvements are you planning next.
If you can get control information from the TMR to the leg,
      I wonder if a couple of other signal paths are also possible.
          1) From the other leg to the new one to help coordinate the gait.
          2) From the new leg to you to give you more feedback on what it is doing.

Keep up the good work. It wlll benefit many.

Well done ! (1)

SteveAstro (209000) | about 2 years ago | (#41879661)

Like many others, I'd like tosay what a fantastic effort you have put into your own recovery. A great example to us all. Well done Sir !

misleading news headline (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41879699)

Man with bionic leg climbs Chicago skyscraper
Kudos to you for all you have achieved but I gotta admit the news headline had me thinking you were on the outside of the building like a human fly......next challenge maybe?

Re:misleading news headline (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41880969)

Won't work.. The wind would take you right off.. It isn't called "the windy city" for nothing. Try the David Foster Wallace story (another deceased former Illinoisan) "Mr. Fudgy."

Re:misleading news headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41881485)

Won't work.. The wind would take you right off.. It isn't called "the windy city" for nothing. Try the David Foster Wallace story (another deceased former Illinoisan) "Mr. Fudgy."

There ought to be a law against idiots posting on slashdot

Re:misleading news headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41881723)

Illogical people like you make Felix the Walrus very sad.. Don't make Felix sad. Be logical when you try to insult someone.

Re:misleading news headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41882017)

"Remember kids, there is a big difference between being not very smart and being logical! Gawsh!"

"And if you really want to know.. why just ask why? Hyuck!" -Felix the Logic Walrus

"Oh the snow and the ice and the dark green sea, Felix the Logic Walrus.."

"Explains all the logic to you and me, Felix the Logic Walrus"

Great job (2)

Pedestrianwolf (1591767) | about 2 years ago | (#41879705)

This is the best news I've read in a while. Congrats dude. I'm guessing we all know where you now stand in the future eugenics vs cybernetics debate.

Misleading news headline (1)

xxMSAxx (648692) | about 2 years ago | (#41879775)

Man with bionic leg climbs Chicago skyscraper What I pictured in my mind is not quite the reality of it. Think bionic commando meets king kong. Very awesome achievement, I think this proves your in better shape than the majority of the country.

Neural interface? (2)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#41879871)

I'm curious as to how the neural interface works. The CNN article was pretty vague (saying something like "He thinks it and it moves"). I imagine there is a lot more to it than that. Most interfaces I've seen in the past that called themselves a "neural interface" were actually just glorified physical interfaces (controlled by twitching muscles in the upper limb or something like that). Is this thing actually connected to his brain, or at least to his nervous system?

Re:Neural interface? (3, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 2 years ago | (#41880385)

The idea here is that you take all the nerves that would go to the amputated limb, and reroute them to some other muscle group. Then you hook your sensors up to the new muscle group and move the limb based on how that muscle twitches. But, since the nerves have been rewired, you don't have to think about twitching your thigh to move your calf, you just try to move your calf and the prosthetic responds intuitively.

Re:Neural interface? (2)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41880921)

The great thing about it is that there is no direct neural interface with electrodes in the muscle. Because anything foreign in the body tends to be corroded over time by the immune system. Dr. Kuiken gave a presentation on his technique at last years CHF festival in Chicago. The idea is for the nerves to fire and to be detected by sensors placed on the skin on order to move. I expect the good doc to perfect a "Hechatonchires" full body prothesis any decade now. Appleseed, here we come.

Re:Neural interface? (1)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 2 years ago | (#41881129)

Dr Kuiken has also done a lot of work with targetted sensory reinervation - neat, neat stuff.

Re:Neural interface? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41881943)

What I want to know is how is this powered. Not by raw muscle movement pulling cables I guess. Lithium ion (4 hole chemistry)? Organo-lithide high-capacity (6 hole chemistry) batteries? Beta-voltaic cells with a small piece of radioactive material (20 year battery)?

The what tower? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#41879971)

Who's Willis?

Re:The what tower? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880707)

Apparently Willis Group Holdings (insurance brokers) are the people who bought the naming rights after Sears: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Tower [wikipedia.org]

Who'd have thought? Slashdot was useful for something.

Re:The what tower? (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 2 years ago | (#41883713)

And what is he talkin' 'bout?

A shoe question? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880021)

Great job man! I was there this weekend too and saw you at the top. I had a question actually about the shoe you use on your other leg. It had a huge sole (looked a lot like a Hoka brand trail shoe). Is that what you wear normally or did you specifically wear that for the stair climb?

Congratulations! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880151)

Cheers from Colombia!

You're welcome, buddy (-1, Troll)

Rogerborg (306625) | about 2 years ago | (#41880221)

I presume you're thanking us for the insurance premiums that paid to rebuild you after you tried to take a bend on your Harley at more than 20mph.

Re:You're welcome, buddy (1)

one eyed kangaroo (215202) | about 2 years ago | (#41880413)

You know this how?

Re:You're welcome, buddy (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41880821)

As someone who has a friend who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and now has a prosthesis, and another friend with a nonfunctional arm from the same cause, I find your comment highly offensive.

Re:You're welcome, buddy (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41882009)

Well, your emotional offense would be expected; but is it rational? That is, is it completely true and obvious that someone would be a dumbass and take a curve way too fast for conditions or for their bike (hint: cruisers don't turn)? I see plenty of people riding in shirts and t-shirts with baseball caps at 80-100mph on the highway and, while I'm sure if one of your friends lost a limb doing some dumbshit thing like this you'd be upset about it, he'd still be a dumbshit.

What did you expect? (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about 2 years ago | (#41883741)

Insurance is a share in a risk pool. Yes, you pay for stupid self-destruction sometimes. If you don't like that, you should find someone who won't insure morons, and sign up with them.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt in presuming you would qualify for such.

If you think of this in comparison to other medical treatments, while it may not be an outpatient procedure, you can probably expect to be healed relatively quickly. Contrast this with cancer or some other long-term illness. Sure, the robotics might be expensive, but do you think MRIs are cheap? You've probably paid for a ton [demockracy.com] of those.

These are arguments that you can use to salve your wounded ego, but you do seem to have a more fundamental misanthropy problem. Your first response to the good fortune of others should be happiness.

Thanks, Slashdot. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41880321)

No, sir, thank you.

I have a daughter and try all the time to convey the idea that the world does not exist for us to grab the opportunities; on the contrary, we live in a continuum, being helped and helping (and the latter is the hard part to get, it seems).

Now you go, amidst a tragedy, and choose to help them make the lives of others better. I want to see my daughter explain the logic of someone screwed making the world a better place.

Perhaps one does not need legs to walk, just higher ideals.

Re:Thanks, Slashdot. (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41882027)

One needs both. Examine the game of Go and attached philosophy.

Todd Kuiken MD. is a Genius. (3, Interesting)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41880847)

I'd say you have Dr. Kuiken and the bionic research group at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to Thank. Dr. Kuiken is the best. Period. You can read all about him and his team at www.ric.org. Try not to slashdot em. They are doing some of the most exciting bionic and prosthetic reseach. My ambition is to work for Dr. Kuiken some day.

 

Re:Todd Kuiken MD. is a Genius. (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41881149)

He's like the Steve Wozniak of prosthetics.. He's going head to head with Dean Kamen and Deka Labs to build the first humeral prosthetic arm designed specifically to fit a woman.

Terrific story, congratulations!!! (1)

plover (150551) | about 2 years ago | (#41881259)

"Stuff that matters" has never been more true! I applaud your nerve in innovating with this prosthetic device, as well as your accomplishment!

And I have to ask: when you were climbing, did your leg make the ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta sound like Steve Austin's did in the 6 Million Dollar Man show? :-)

53 minutes.. (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | about 2 years ago | (#41881425)

5 + 3 = 8. Beauitful underlying symmetry. Somebody better call Astrid Farnsworth at FRINGE Division. We have a potential anomaly at the Tower! Immediate evac and search.

Congratulations (1)

Aspomwell (776873) | about 2 years ago | (#41881569)

Morning radio station here has a good news segment every weekday. Heard your story on it this morning on my drive to work! Congratulations!

Congrats! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41881647)

Congratulations man. I ran it yesterday too and saw you at the top. I was gonna go congratulate you but there were a bunch of people around, lol. Nice job!

Well done! (1)

Walter White (1573805) | about 2 years ago | (#41883071)

I once walked down from about the half way point and my legs were sore for three days. Making it to the top is an accomplishment that no one can ever take away.

Downstairs (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 2 years ago | (#41883853)

I would think going *down* 103 flights would be far more taxing on the leg and the owner, given the far higher decelerations involved. If this was done, forgive me for the glass half-empty 'tude. But if it was explicitly ruled out as part of the test, they're not done yet.

Geez... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41884473)

Seriously,dude...elevators!

Metal Legs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41884983)

I'm thinking about getting metal legs. It's a risky operation, but it'll be worth it.

Bonus, it will work when you are elderly! (1)

couchslug (175151) | about 2 years ago | (#41886389)

Due to back and shoulder problems my right arm may be near useless when I'm about seventy....BUT....technology may make "amputate and replace with appropriate rewiring" a DESIRABLE option by then.

Some injured G.I.s already opt to have their damaged limbs removed then move on (literally) using prosthetics.

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