REYKJAVIK, ICELAND--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - Össur, a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics, is honored to announce that its new SYMBIONIC LEG® has received the 2012 "Best of What's New" Award from Popular Science magazine.
The SYMBIONIC LEG, which is the world's first complete Bionic leg, combines a Bionic microprocessor knee and a powered Bionic ankle with proactive powered ankle flexion into a single, integrated unit. Its on-board Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and sophisticated motion sensors enable the SYMBIONIC LEG to quickly learn its user's walking style and make real-time adjustments according to changes in speed, stride or surface.
"We are honored that Popular Science has recognized the significance of the SYMBIONIC LEG, which is our most advanced product to date. Importantly, feedback from users has been very positive as the SYMBIONIC LEG enables them to move more naturally than ever possible before, and enjoy a life without limitations," said Jon Sigurdsson, Össur president and CEO.
"For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us -- those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future," said Jacob Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners -- chosen from among thousands of entrants -- each a revolution in its field."
All of Össur's state-of-the-art Bionic technologies are designed to combine mechanics and electronics to effectively mimic an amputee's natural sensory and motor control functions, helping accurately reproduce critical functions that have been lost due to limb loss. The SYMBIONIC LEG is insurance billable in the U.S. using existing approved codes and ideally suited for more active (K3 activity level) above-knee (AK) amputees, who weigh up to 275 pounds.
Össur (NASDAQ OMX: OSSR) is a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics that help people live a life without limitations. Its business is focused on improving people's mobility through the delivery of innovative technologies within the fields of braces, supports, prosthetic limbs and compression therapy, including the Flex-Foot Cheetah carbon fiber running prostheses used by "The Blade Runner," renowned double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. A recognized "Technology Pioneer," Össur invests significantly in research and product development; its award-winning designs ensuring a consistently strong position in the market. Successful patient and clinical outcomes are further empowered via Össur's educational programs and business solutions. Headquartered in Iceland, Össur has major operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with additional distributors worldwide. www.ossur.com
About Best of What's New
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners -- the Best of What's New -- are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987. Best of What's New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Security, Home Tech, Health and Recreation.
About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.