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Had a stroke of genius this morning...

Jeannie...and made this icon. It doesn't really fit me, but anyone out there who has said this and meant it can take it. You know who you are. All of you know who you are.



Feb. 20th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Well, the paid account comes with 15, and the 100 max is an extra 10 bucks a year. I might get that, but probably only if the 15 cramps me.

BTW, I've been looking and looking for information on leg extensions and prostheses, but there's not that much out there, except for stuff that deals with digitigrade extensions (for things that walk on their toes, like satyrs and werewolves). I want a plantigrade extension, but can't find anything (unless I want the straight out feet at the top of the extension, which i don't). I was thinking to have a jointed framework that the extended bio-foot could be sheathed in, and maybe use bungees as artificial tendons. The covering will be simple enough, as the mech-foot and the entire extension will be covered with boots and legging, maybe filled out with mattress foam. I really need to get my butt in gear if I am going to have this done by the beginning of July.
Feb. 21st, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Since you have been thinking of having a 'tip-toe' foot rest, do you still want to be able to control the movement of the bottom foot or are you going to have it have it fixed at a 90 degree angle?
Do you think a foot rest that is similar to or made out of a high-heeled boot would give you the right angle?
It sounds really interesting :)

Could you send me a link to one of the digitgrade extensions sites? I am always on the look out for new ideas :)
Feb. 21st, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
I found these that were interesting. Mostly the digitigrade costume is not an extenstion, because of the stresses it puts on the ankle when walking upright, but an illusion, like described in some of the links from 16.1.2 of this faq (the first one has lots of pics). I also found PowerSkip after I'd drawn my design, which I haven't had time to scan or make nice. Mine is kind of similar, but the brace for the loser leg would run down the sides of the leg and past the foot, curving down to form the fake heel, and the base position for the foot is probably about 45° down. There'd be stop-catches to keep the foot from bending up and down beyond a certain point, and a bar from the end of the footrest to the middle of the artificial foot which will magnify the angle of the real foot into the fake one. I don't think that the force of the foot would be magnified, so some sort of spring or bungee mechanism will help hold the foot down and lessen the stress on the calf.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sending me those links! I like how they use the foam to create the right contours around the leg, pretty neat!
It sounds like your design is really coming along! I think the connecting bar should help with the balance and give you some good control with the fake foot. It sounds really clever!
Feb. 22nd, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but that PowerSkip link isn't working for me now. It's http://powerskip.de

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