Our HiFi Interface and Imager™ system, with patented and patents-pending technology, is the most advanced design available because we focus on body biomechanics, responsiveness, shear forces, pressure, bone positioning and control, tissue management, efficiency of movement, gait symmetry, rotational control, range of motion, proprioception, energy saving, and overall user embodiment, all while ensuring superior comfort. In other words, obtaining a comfortable fit is just the beginning. Functional outcomes are the end game.
In the 21st Century we are sending rockets to Mars but prosthetists are still fitting you in buckets!?!?
Where is the science people?
We know the attachment platform is the core factor in determining success or failure of attached devices and is in direct proportion to wear times, walking speeds, balance confidence, falls, comfort, and overall function. In our opinion there has been an overwhelming misappropriation of research dollars allocated to the components that are being attached to the prosthetic user and little financial consideration to the connection itself. The components today are highly effective and functional, yet they are being attached to inefficient socket platforms. You wouldn’t trust your Ferrari or Lamborghini if it was built on a rickety chassis with faulty suspension and flat tires. No one would. But you are forced to trust a socket that is inherently biomechanically flawed with not only your hard earned dollars, but with your life.
Yearly fall rates are as high as 66%.
Did you know, falling and the fear of falling is prevalent among the amputee population, especially for AK amputees?
I don’t know about you, but at biodesigns we don’t think this is an acceptable risk for the prosthetic wearer. And we would bet that a significant factor in these falls is an unstable socket that allows far too much bone movement inside. Not to mention falls are very expensive, costing over $23.3 billion annually. Wouldn’t it be great if that money was going into research and technology that prevents falls instead?
Our HiFi Interface, also referred to as Compression Release Stabilized or CRS, is based on judicious application of our OsseostabilizationTM principles which results in a synching of the interface, and hence the external device connected to it, to skeletal motion, an effect dubbed Osseosynchronization™.
The High-Fidelity Interface System is not experimental and has been used successfully in prosthetic practices for nearly a decade with thousands of patients fit. The HiFi socket/interface platform is based off proven biomechanical principles and is backed by clinical evidence. The HiFi technology was also utilized in two DARPA/VA studies, as well as being the primary focus of biodesigns’ Direct to Phase II DARPA/SBIR contract, “Adaptive Tooling for Customized Upper Limb Prosthetic Socket Fitment” (D15PC00174), and is now being utilized in a US Army Exoskeleton contract.
However, the HiFi is more than just a revolutionary socket design. It has shown promise far beyond traditional outcome measures and is embarking on the phenomenon of embodiment, i.e. being one with whatever device or gear is attached. Our prosthetic wearers not only report improved comfort and function but state their prostheses feel like a part of them and feel connected to them.
“The HiFi makes me feel more secure and makes mobility more comfortable and easier. It is less and lighter – but I can get more out of it. It feels better all the way around. It feels more like a part of me. It moves with me. I’m not fighting it. There is not as much effort to get the movement I’m looking for. This is the feeling I’ve been looking for. It’s the anatomical extension of my limb.” – Jeff Fabry, 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, archery