14 Nov 2023

Blatchford launches Tectus® - the next step in intelligent orthotics

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Blatchford launches Tectus® - the next step in intelligent orthotics
Tectus® - the next step in intelligent orthotics

Blatchford, the world-renowned prosthetics manufacturer, has today launched Tectus®, a life-changing intelligent orthotic device that enables people with partial lower limb paralysis to walk more easily, naturally and comfortably with increased confidence and safety1.

  • A life-changing orthotic device that enables people with partial lower limb paralysis to walk more naturally, comfortably and safely1.
  • At just 660g, Tectus® is the next generation in the development of microprocessor KAFOs (knee, ankle, foot orthoses) thanks to its uniquely small, lightweight and modular design.
  • Multi-award winning manufacturer Blatchford has leveraged over 130 years of experience in developing advanced prosthetic technology to create Tectus®.
  • "It feels like you’re using your own leg again," says former British soldier and seated paralympic skier, Alex Slegg.

Tectus® uses Blatchford’s proprietary Performance Response Technology™ (PRT)
and award-winning microprocessor-controlled technology to mimic the natural
function of the knee joint, resulting in life-changing mobility.

Tectus® attaches to a custom-made KAFO and features a unique, but complex
system of spring, hydraulic and sensor technology, allowing wearers to replicate a
more natural gait cycle than with any other microprocessor KAFO1. Crucial to this
'biomimicry' is Tectus®'s 'spring assist' feature, which uses an adjustable control to
ensure the leg fully extends in a timely manner during the swing phase of walking.

 

At just 660g, Tectus® is unique for its slim and lightweight design, providing increased
comfort which reduces muscle fatigue and energy expenditure1. While the modular
design allows for comfortable and flexible positioning of the device, allowing the
practitioner to bespoke fit any wearer, irrelevant of thigh shape or size.

The result of all this innovative technology is profound. Tectus® wearers can walk
faster, for longer, and with less pain and reduced trips and falls1. And with greater
mobility, comes the confidence to embrace everyday pursuits. Users can go from
descending stairs to prolonged standing with ease thanks to 5 activity modes, which
also enable walking at varying speeds, tackling uneven terrain and controlled smooth
sitting. An additional training mode is also included to help practitioners set up and
configure the brace.

Finally, Tectus® gives wearers freedom to move on their own terms. Unlike other
microprocessor KAFOs, Tectus® allows users to switch between mobility modes on
the actual module via a digital display or using a discreet hand held remote control.
Battery status, step count and safety warnings are all visible at a glance. Further
peace of mind comes from the 18-hour battery life and ability to charge from 0 to
100% in just two hours.

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