Disability statistics tell us that the vast majority of people who are physically disabled have little to no access to bionic innovations. One billion people are out there…waiting and hoping.
How can you and your team make a difference?
We’re looking for all levels and types of innovation that advance the state of play, but delivery of genuine bionic mobility is the desired outcome – prosthetic limbs that smoothly integrate with a person’s neuromuscular system and brain to enable movements such as flexing, bending and grasping. Research is advancing….but consumer access is limited.
The team that wins our Bionic Mobility Challenge will deliver a next generation bionics innovation in one of the following areas:
- Prosthetics design, manufacturing and/or their human integration (i.e. socket technologies or osseointegration processes)
- Myoelectric technologies and sensory electric technologies that enable mobility
- Bionic mobility enabled by a brain-machine interface (thought activated mobility) or personalised computational neuromuscularskeletal models that use finite element modelling, smart wearables and machine learning to achieve mobility
- Brain-computer interfaces and technologies that lessen or eliminate ‘phantom limb pain’ and/or enable a sense of touch or pressure in bionic limbs to improve human mobility, balance and gait
- Allied health services and practices that give those who are physically disabled a greater capacity to benefit from bionic limbs and related technologies.