biodesigns is the vision of our CEO Randall Alley whose goal is to revolutionize the design, development, and deployment of human interface technologies. Our team is comprised of prosthetists, engineers, researchers, and brand strategists, with one thing in common – a passion for helping people and a rejection of the status quo.
Randall Alley is CEO, Chief Prosthetist and Head of User-Interface Technology for biodesigns, a clinical services and R&D facility specializing in the optimization of human interfaces for prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, and wearable technology. Alley is a board certified prosthetist and received both his prosthetic certificate and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA. Alley’s clinical experience and intimate understanding of force, pressure, shear, rotation, tissue management, weight, and feedback, especially in relationship to wearer device usability and acceptance, led him to redefine human device connection platforms. Alley holds numerous patents for his attachment technologies, with his focus of study on non-surgical, non-invasive performance-enhancing interface systems designed to provide improved feedback, proprioception, and efficiency of movement.
Alley has 30 years’ experience fitting challenging prosthetic patients. As co-founder and former director of the world’s largest upper limb prosthetic program, he traveled the world solving hundreds of complex prosthetic cases, often creating innovative solutions in real time. It was his dissatisfaction with the numerous issues caused by the Standard Of Care sockets that led him to dedicate his career to improving the interface.
Alley’s work goes a step further as his goal is complete embodiment, i.e. being one with the device. Alley has already documented this phenomenon in his clinic as his patients regularly report their prostheses feel like a part of them, feel connected to them. Many report phantom sensations returning to their limb(s), allowing users to “feel” the ground and prevent falls and stumbles. This degree of acceptance breaks the boundaries of what many thought was possible in a non-surgical, non-sensorized attachment.