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NY man gets hi-tech, $95K bionic leg


June 16, 2011 - New York

A New York man has been fitted with a bionic leg that uses a knee joint with the same motion sensing technology as the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPad.

Joe Tucker, from Putnam Valley who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, is among the first in the county to be fitted with the new leg, which costs 95,000 dollars.

"I'm looking forward to doing more things with my kids," the New York Post quoted Tucker as saying.

"For the fist time the other day I was actually able to stand behind my four year old and teach him how to swing a bat," he said.

A prosthetic leg company, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, in conjunction with the U.S. military had created the new bionic leg, which features a high-tech knee joint called the 'Genium Bionic Prosthetic System'.

The knee is fitted with a mini gyroscope and accelerometer, which is also used Wii videogame and the iPad, to help the knee user in determining which way the leg is moving and make precise motions.

Among the practical effects are that the users can go up stairs and walk on the beach at ease.

"We like to spend a lot of time near the water, and I'm looking forward to going on the sand,It will give me freedom more than I've had to live," Tucker said.

ANI

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