Bionics

CHALLENGE

Bionics

$1 MILLION (Prize amount to be confirmed. Announcement expected for next year)

Bionics or biologically inspired engineering is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology for application in human bodies.

The possibility to recover the functionality of arms, legs, hands damaged or lost in wars and accidents is a major goal for our society and important investment and studies are effectuated in such field.

The transfer of technology between lifeforms and manufactured objects is, according to proponents of bionic technology, desirable because evolutionary pressure typically forces living organisms, including fauna and flora, to become highly optimized and efficient.

There are million of people living without the partial, or complete, use of their legs, arms, or hands due to limb loss.

Today for those patients missing one or both legs have as only alternative wheelchair or walker.

Our society have the technological capability to improve the lives of such people by proposing more advanced methods that would raise their quality of life ranging from mechanical to biomechanical systems.

The solution can include:

This competition calls for improved and advanced systems to allow independent mobility to people suffering a limb loss including aesthetically pleasing solutions that could be adopted.

Proposal:

This is a two phase competition:

-Phase 1: Written proposals (no more than 20 pages ) about the technologies and systems that would be utilized will select the five finalist that would proceed to phase 2.

-Phase 2: To realize the required devices prototypes and tests them on humans volunteers.