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iCandy: Bionics

Web-enabled electromechanical hands and specially tailored pet paws

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iCandy: Bionics
Photo: Toby Melville/ Reuters

Photo: Ho New/Reuters
Oscar the cat stands tall on prosthetic limbs that were surgically implanted after he lost his original hind legs in a run-in with a combine harvester. He was the first-ever recipient of implants called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prostheses. Veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, known as the Bionic Vet, attached metal rods with honeycomb structures to the bones at the amputation sites so that bone could grow into the rods’ pores. The result was permanent adhesion. Oscar’s plastic feet were then attached to the rods.


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