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Innovators | Medical devices

His bionic ankle helps others walk

Hugh Herr, iWalk

THE WAY HUGH HERR sees it, he’s in the transportation business. Personal transportation.

Herr, 47, weaves titanium, silicon, carbon fiber and nuts and bolts into prosthetic devices for amputees. “Our devices have to work like a car, because of the same profound reliance that people have for locomotion,’’ said Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab and founder of iWalk, a bionics company based in Bedford.

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