Research and Technology

biodesigns is best known as a pioneer of the interface/socket revolution in prosthetics. Our insight, expertise and breakthrough product designs are born out of our strong understanding of human biomechanics, applied mathematics/dynamics, kinesiology, robotics, and how force, torque, pressure, shear, weight, and feedback directly relate to wearer device comfort, usability, and acceptance.

Research and Technology

Innovation is the core of our company and the driving force for our research and product development. Our goal is to create bio-inspired, performance-enhancing interface designs, products and systems for users of all ages, capabilities, and performance levels. But we don’t stop there. We believe in going beyond simple design improvements and are committed to creating revolutionary design platforms that have the potential to change a mindset, preconceived notions and in some cases spawn a completely new product category or industry.
Our work goes a step further as our ultimate goal is complete device embodiment, i.e. being one with the item or device attached, assimilating the prosthesis not just into body image, but into body perception. We have already begun to document this phenomenon in our prosthetic clinic as our patients regularly report with our interface designs their prosthesis feels like a part of them, feels connected to them. Many report phantom sensations returning to their limb long after they were lost, allowing users to “feel” the ground and prevent falls and stumbles, one of the biggest challenges faced by wearers of prosthetic and orthotic devices. This degree of acceptance and embodiment of a non-surgical attachment breaks the boundaries on what many thought was possible and is the basis for all of our attachment approaches.
Our main product development areas include rehabilitation (helping someone quickly get back to where they were and then some!), military/high performance/elite athletes (helping someone to push beyond what they thought was possible) and lifestyle/recreational enthusiasts (helping someone at any level just perform better).

High-Fidelity (HiFi) Interface and Imager System for Upper and Lower Limb Prosthetic Wearers

In our prosthetic clinic, we refuse to make the Standard of Care (SOC) “bucket” socket, as we feel it is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of our patients. Our HiFi Interface System is the “anti-bucket” as it utilizes our Osseostabilizing™ technology to create the most comfortable, energy-efficient, functional and stable socket/interface platform on the planet. Instead of having your bone flopping around inside your socket, our design captures and controls your underlying bone without surgery, resulting in a removable prosthesis that not only feels and performs better, but one that feels “connected” to you. Many of our HiFi wearers even report they forget they are wearing their prosthesis, which speaks volumes. The HiFi is a game changer in prosthetics. biodesigns has multiple patents for our HiFi method and fitting tool technology with more in the works.

HiFi Modular Interface Technology for Upper and Lower Limb Prosthetic Wearers

Modular Prosthetic Interfaces are exciting to consider, but only if modularity does not sacrifice user performance, outcomes, reimbursement, and the role of the prosthesis. We are not supportive of off-the-shelf prosthetics, prosthetic socket kits, sockets purely by measurements (i.e. no patient casting or scanning), and other modular sockets that promote modularity at the expense of performance. biodesigns’ Modular Interface Systems utilize our proven, patented and patents-pending compression and tissue release technology, allowing our modular platform to be lightweight, streamlined, comfortable, adjustable, stable, strong, and biomechanically superior to all other socket designs. Currently biodesigns has two patents on our modular interfaces with more in the works.

X-Frame Custom and Modular Socket Technology for Upper Limb (Shoulder) Prosthetic Wearers

Traditional socket designs for the shoulder disarticulation level historically have encompassed large areas of the body and shoulder. In the early 90’s Randall Alley introduced the custom X-Frame Shoulder Socket which marked a turning point for interfaces at this level. Now biodesigns continues our evolution of this highly successful and stable design with the Modular and Sensorized X-Frame as part of our DARPA contract. The Mod-X features Instafit™, biodesigns’ completely new approach to delivering a sensorized and stable platform, especially ideal for the more advanced components including Mobius’ “Luke Arm”.

Measurement Metrics for Prosthetic Sockets/Interfaces

Elevating the creation of the prosthetic interface from a skill-derived solely from trial-and-error experience-to a measurable science was part of the goal of our DARPA contract. During this project we designated key metrics to help determine what truly constitutes a successful socket fitting. And we’ll drop a hint: it goes way beyond comfort and staying on! Users have put up with a lot of issues due to poor performing sockets based on “art” instead of science. We know you’re not putting your prosthesis on your wall and admiring it from afar, you’re using it to walk, run, lift and live so it must keep up with your needs and demands. Key interface measurement metrics analyzed as part of our IRB study included pressure, rate of rise of pressure (pressure profile), shear and slippage during movement under lightly and heavily loaded conditions. Our goal is to change the Standard of Care not with artful or decorative sockets, but scientifically proven designs.

HiFi Training and Licensing for Certified Clinicians/Prosthetists

We know that access and geography is a big factor when someone chooses a prosthetist and not everyone can come to biodesigns in Southern California for their HiFi Prosthetic Interface System. In addition, we also know our socket/interface technology is such a game changer for wearers that access to the technology is critical for short and long term rehabilitation and the prevention of sound side breakdown and osteoarthritis (OA). Therefore, we developed an innovative HiFi training and licensing model for certified prosthetists. Our clinician/prosthetist training elevates the skill of the clinician by teaching them the proven principles of the HiFi Interface System which is backed by clinical evidence, 1000’s of users worldwide, and pages of wearer testimonials. Prosthetists can learn the HiFi for radial, humeral,tibial and femoral levels of amputation or limb amelia/meromelia. Please note, the HiFi Interface and Imager Technology is patented and patent-pending. Unauthorized use of this technology or its trademarks is prohibited.

Adaptive Diagnostic Tooling for Customized Upper Limb Prosthetic Socket Fitment

(DARPA SBIR, Topic # SB151-001, Contract #D15PC00174)
For our Direct to Phase II plus Option, biodesigns was tasked with developing for DARPA a suite of innovative diagnostic and operational fitment tools allowing prosthetists of varying skill/experience to create improved, stable, and highly functional custom upper limb sockets. The tools biodesigns created for this contract included a Sensorized Imaging Tool (SIT), an Adjustable Tether Fitting Tool (ATFT), Sensorized Socket Tool, (SST) and an Advanced Sensorized Socket Tool (SST+), all derived from the HiFi Interface’s biomechanical principles of bone control through compression and tissue release technology. The tools were tested, validated and proven successful (by both clinician and wearer) at three different prosthetic facilities through an IRB approved study. A Phase II Option demonstrated feasibility of real-time interface adjustments, using dynamic platforms matched to modular designs based on HiFi principles.

Motion-Capturing Fast-Access Osseostabilizing (MOFO) Limb Exoskeleton for Military, Law Enforcement, Early Responders

The MOtion-Capturing Fast-Access Osseostabilizing (MOFO) Limb Exoskeleton improves field performance by providing a biomechanically-based, rapidly accessible, load-carrying and redistribution platform. The patent-pending MOFO is specifically designed as a dual-use, joint operations platform, to both stabilize and carry mission critical objects of a specific size, weight and shape more effectively and efficiently on a wearer’s leg, thigh, forearm, upper arm, on all four areas or in any combination, saving time, energy and injury, without sacrificing range of motion or strength. MOFO designs developed at biodesigns point the way to improved device/equipment/communications attachment platforms, showing it is possible to be “one with your gear” and further demonstrates the many advantages of our compression-release-stabilized (CRS) approach over standard methods. The MOFO can be configured for the mission or task at hand, intended for warfighters including Spec Ops soldiers, Astronauts, Police, Paramedics and other early/first responders.
biodesigns has cracked the code for human attachment technology and it all started with our pioneering work in prosthetics.
Our aha moment was understanding the level to which inherently, current human attachment strategies and designs were biomechanically flawed, with users often fighting against or exerting too much energy to control almost any device connected to them.
The core of our human connectivity approach is our patented and patent-pending compression and tissue release technology, also referred to as the High-Fidelity (HiFi) Interface or Compression-Release-Stabilized (CRS). By controlling the underlying bone within the limb through a process we have termed Osseostabilization™, we are able to create a syncing of the interface (and hence the external device connected to it) to skeletal motion, an effect dubbed Osseosynchronization™.
If interested in learning more about our technology/IP, research, partnerships and commercialization efforts, please contact us.