From a strong triumvirate of finalists, Blatchford, a global leader in prosthetics, took home the £50,000 prize as winners of the MacRobert Award, for the development of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limb. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented a team of engineers from Blatchford with their prize at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner held at the Tower of London, on 23 June 2016.
Blatchford won the prestigious award for developing the first ever prosthetic limb with integrated robotic control of the knee and foot, a system in which the parts ‘talk’ to each other so that the limb can adapt automatically to different conditions. Where previously lower leg prosthetics wearers have had to plan their days according to the limitations of terrain they can tackle, the smart robotics in the Linx Limb system constantly monitor and adapt to the wearer’s movements and the environment, giving users much greater confidence and freedom.
The MacRobert Award, which was first presented in 1969, is the UK’s longest running national prize for engineering innovation. The prize is awarded by the Royal Academy, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and winners are chosen by a panel of Fellows of the Academy. Alongside Blatchford, the 2016 finalists included Jaguar Land Rover, for the world-class innovation behind the company’s decision to design and manufacture its own engines for the first time, and Siemens Magnet Technology, for making a step-change in MRI technology that could enable earlier diagnosis of a range of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and improve drug development. More information about the award and the 2016 winner and finalists is available here