Unlock mobility: Adaptive robotic prostheses for seamless walking

Adaptive Robotic Prostheses

Roman Stolyarov is my name, and as part of my PhD research at the Media Lab, I developed a terrain adaptive control system for robotic legs prostheses. Modern prostheses enable people with leg amputations get around. However, their way of getting around can be tiring, uncomfortable and heavy on their intact joints. In the worst cases, uneven terrain geometries can be difficult to navigate, from uneven sidewalks and rugged hiking trails to the most challenging of terrains. This affects the user’s independence, mobility, and feeling of being able to walk. My goal was to make people with amputations as mobile and able as possible by helping them walk without difficulty, no matter the terrain.