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Out On A Limb

A man runs wearing a Flex-Foot Cheetah, a type of prosthetic foot invented by Van Phillips. “Out On A Limb” explores the amazing evolution of prosthetics and advancements in robotics and neuroscience that are helping adults and children who have lost a limb.
Courtesy of Under the Sign, LLC, 2012
A man runs wearing a Flex-Foot Cheetah, a type of prosthetic foot invented by Van Phillips. “Out On A Limb” explores the amazing evolution of prosthetics and advancements in robotics and neuroscience that are helping adults and children who have lost a limb.

Airs Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

“Out On A Limb” explores the amazing evolution of prosthetics and advancements in robotics and neuroscience that are helping adults and children who have lost a limb.

Prosthetic handshake
Courtesy of Under the Sign, LLC, 2012
Prosthetic handshake

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A science story and a human story, this documentary shows the transformative impact of technology for those who use prosthetics. The film interviews inventors such as Van Phillips, the creator of the Flex-Foot and Cheetah Leg that was used by Oscar Pistorius at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as researchers who are developing prosthetics that can be controlled through thoughts alone.

From laboratories such as Johns Hopkins Center for Applied Physics to real world applications at military hospitals and even a camp for children who are amputees, “Out On A Limb” takes viewers on a journey that reveals what’s on the horizon and beyond, as emerging technologies and developments in neuroscience provide opportunities that never existed before.

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2013 Boston International Film Festival. Produced by Under the Sign, LLC, 2012. Directed by Daria Price.

“Out on a Limb” documentary is on Facebook, and you can follow @OutOnALimbDoc on Twitter.

Out On A Limb: Trailer
Dr. David Boone and Van Phillips
Roboticist Michael Goldfarb on Next Generation Prosthetics
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