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Bike Design for Amputees Wins James Dyson Award #bikes #design via @jaymiheimbuch

Bike Design for Amputees Wins James Dyson Award #bikes #design via @jaymiheimbuch

Each year, the James Dyson Foundation runs a competition for the most innovative new designs. This year, Seth Astle took home the award with his design for Cadence, a prosthetic limb and bike pedal that makes bicycling easier for amputees. Prosthetic limbs can be specialized for different activities. You've likely seen the Cheetah , a design specifically for runners. Seth took the idea of limbs made for specific sports and applied it to cycling. "Currently, cyclists with other prosthetics have a limited range of motion and cannot pivot their feet. Astle recognized the limitations of other prosthetics and worked to provide a solution," notes the press release. "The prosthetic has an elastomeric band that collects energy while riding, giving the cyclist added muscle strength. As the foot rotates, kinetic energy snaps the foot and leg back up and around to the top. By combini...

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