Mike Schultz was named an award winner in Popular Science’s seventh annual Invention Awards for his Versa Foot prosthesis.
“Everyday thinkers and makers now have the tools, the resources and the information to create amazing new devices and technologies — whether it is software, hardware, vehicles or materials,” Jacob Ward, editor in chief of Popular Science, stated in a news release. “We’ve always celebrated the amateur inventor, but the rise of crowdfunding, 3-D printing, home manufacturing, design software and all the other innovations we cover has made this an especially satisfying time to give out the Popular Science Invention Awards.”
Selected from among hundreds of entries worldwide, the Versa Foot is a foot prosthesis Schultz developed after losing his leg in a snowcross accident. It includes a custom-tuned FOX mountain bike shock to provide a level of fine adjustability that traditional prosthetic feet lack. FOX, which focuses on vehicle dynamics, is Schultz’s race sponsor.