Introducing the Genium

genium-kneePretoria, 13 February 2013– Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics, a local leader in the field of advanced bionics, announced today that it is testing the Genium knee.

The device, manufactured by Ottobock, is seen as the most sophisticated microprocessor driven bionic knee to date and has been in development for almost a decade.

“Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics prides itself on being the first to bring cutting edge bionic technology to the people of Africa. Ottobock’s Genium knee is just another way for us to push boundaries and to enable the disabled.” — Johan Snyders.

The decision to test the device came when a local train driver, Gert Kotze was referred to Icexpress after losing his leg in a Metrorail train crash that took place in Pretoria. Kotze joined the rail industry in 1977 and has received several awards related to train safety during his 36 year career.

“The Genium knee gives Gert the ability to regain his mobility, independence and zest for life after the tragic accident. At Icexpress we strive to assess and treat each individual case on its own merit. In this case, the Genium knee from Ottobock presents us with the best opportunity to ensure maximum outcome in spite of what happened,” explains Johan Snyders, chief executive of Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics.

The Genium employs various features that make it unique. Its power lasts up to four days and charging is magnetic which makes it more water resistant.

Additional sensors and a gyroscope in the knee was added to allow the device to measure ‘where it is’ at all times. This allows the user to walk backwards, step over obstacles, take small- or large steps, and even descend stairs without fear of the knee buckling.

Whatever the activity, Genium is designed for stability regardless of whether the knee is extended or not. It offers five alternating modes that can be programmed for various activities including table tennis, skating, skiing and cycling.