Endolite has won the 2017 Medical Design Excellence award for its Linx technology, a fully integrated, microprocessor-controlled lower limb system for above-knee amputees, according to a press release.
In a ceremony at the Jacob K. Javits Center, the company was awarded both the Gold Medal Award in Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Products and the Best in Show award for the Linx system.
“The success of the Linx in the U.S. market has been phenomenal, with over 70% of our units being built and sold benefitting above-knee amputee’s here in the United States,” John Braddock, national sales manager at Endolite, said in the release. “Winning the Medical Design Excellence Award will no doubt help us gain recognition of the Linx system and assist us in helping even more amputees here in the U.S. market better their lives through the use of this product. Moving forward, we will continue to provide education to all prosthetic patient care providers to increase the awareness of the Linx. In doing so, we will be able to reach a broader base of patients that could benefit from the Linx technology.”
According to the release, the Linx system combines four microprocessors and seven situational awareness sensors across the knee and ankle to continuously collect data on the user, activity and terrain. This data is used to continuously adjust the limb’s resistance and speed for ease of use, safety and stability, mimicking a human limb.
“This means the wearer can walk confidently, knowing that the limb will be at the right speed and support level at all times,” the press release said. “The Linx ankle talks to the knee at a rate of 400 messages per second; in the course of a single day, the prosthetic limb will adjust over 2,000 times to adapt to its environment.”