Vectors in Prosthetic Research

Vectors are actually used in the research in making prosthetics. Being a very useful way of modeling certain movements in the muscles and the actual forces a real body can make, vectors are used to model the “proper” movement of a body part. This constitutes the different forces a body part makes when it hits the ground, when it is idle, and it is used to fulfill its main function. It’s way more interesting today as robotics are slowly being integrated in prosthetics research. Using vectors as raw data, a robotic arm can simulate a “natural grip”, being able to hold an object with limited force not enough to break it. Each step in the function of a prosthetic leg was made possible by stress vectors extracted from a test using an actual human leg.