99% of prostheses in the world are non-powered prostheses, and users have many complaints such as being tired easily, fear of falling down, and not being able to walk beautifully. 70% of lower limb amputees are aged 60 years or older, and 70% of lower limb amputees have suffered from diseases such as diabetes. It is estimated that the 10 million amputees worldwide will continue to increase in number, so how to maintain and improve the QOL of amputees is an issue of great urgency.
BionicM Inc. is a mobility company that provides technology and related solutions for comfortable mobility. We are currently focusing on R&D of high-functioning artificial legs. We started to develop a robotic prosthesis which supports the movement of prosthetic leg users at the University of Tokyo in 2015, founded BionicM Inc. in 2018 and plan to commercialize the technology in 2020. We aim to contribute to the development of human mobility through the integration of robots and humans.
Sunee; Robotic Prosthetic Knee
A high-functioning robotic prosthesis that solves the problems of existing prosthetic legs. Users' movement is detected by sensors, and a control for reproducing a natural movement makes it possible to walk beautifully without getting tired. With this product, amputees can improve their QOL by maintaining or even improving ADL (Activities of Daily Living).
Sep, 2017：James Dyson Award 2017 Japan National Winner、International Top20
BionicM won the Japan National Winner of the James Dyson Award which is an international design award by James Dyson Foundation that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. Furthermore, among approximately 115 works that have passed domestic screening in 23 countries around the world, BionicM passed the second screening and were selected as one of the International Top 20.
Mar, 2017：SXSW 2017 Interactive Innovation Award
BionicM won the Interective Innovation Award for innovative ideas and products in South by Southwest (SXSW) which is Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries in US. This is the first time in history that a Japanese team has won this award that “Twitter” and “Airbnb” have also already won.