What we delivered

Key Objectives

To create a design to replace a real foot that needed to be visually striking and maximise performance for the user was not an easy challenge. As the prosthetic was replacing a physical part of your body the design had to be unobtrusive and intuitive to operate, combining power and engineering to give the user back their ability to walk naturally and respond to variations in ground surfaces using a precision motor that produces movements formerly performed by the human muscle.

Result

The foot uses on-board technology to respond and adjust automatically to different terrains, from walking on level ground to ascending stairs. DesignEdge worked closely with the client Össur’s engineering team in Iceland to ensure this product looked striking, was comfortable to use and still maintained the necessary high levels of precision and performance the end users would demand from it.

“We are delighted that the resulting design has won this prestigious award.” The Red Dot design awards have been running since 1955 and are one of the biggest and most renowned design competitions in the world.”

Bruce HutchisonDirector, DesignEdge
Life Science and Medicine

Red Dot International Design Award Winner

The Össur Proprio™ Foot, the world’s first intelligent prosthetic foot, has won the Life Science and Medicine category of the prestigious Red Dot International Design Awards. The product was chosen from 4000 entries from 60 countries. The foot uses on-board technology to respond and adjust automatically to different terrains, from walking on level ground to ascending stairs.

On-board intelligent technology

The foot uses on-board technology to respond and adjust automatically to different terrains, from walking on level ground to ascending stairs.

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Ergonomic design

The sleek design features an integrated battery that provides up to 36 hours of use and is fully weatherproof, appropriate for use in wet and humid environments.

Carbon-X® Active Heel

Dynamic carbon foot blade is lightweight and extremely durable, providing a high level of energy release and storage. The carbon fibre structure provides the amputees with smooth, continuous motion from heel strike to toe off.

Customised set-up

A simple user interface makes it easy to make adjustments, see the battery charge level and align the ankle for different footwear with up to 2” (5 cm) of heel height.

Motor-powered motion

Adaptive microprocessor control ankle for amputees adjusts the ankle angle and provides stable foot placement on stairs, inclined surfaces and changing terrains.