Embrace the next step in intelligent orthotics
On Nov. 14, Blatchford, the world-renowned prosthetics manufacturer, 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 safety.1
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. 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. With greater mobility, comes the confidence to embrace everyday pursuits. Users can go from descending stairs to prolonged standing with ease thanks to five 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.
1Blatchford Tectus Case Study, May 2023, Document 1418.v1, Vanessa Walters