«Young yachtsman Laurence Greenough has become the first Briton to receive a yachting-adapted smart prosthesis». Laurence lost his leg in a boating accident around 8 years ago.
The Genium X3 prosthesis, originally designed for the military, has been redesigned and is now suitable for water sports. Specifically, the prosthetic has been given a waterproof coating and a special mode that will allow the athlete to sail without feeling discomfort. The prosthetic is controlled by a transmitter that communicates with «the bionic» leg via Bluetooth.
«It feels completely natural. Everything feels reliable. The control of my leg doesn't require a lot of energy.» I feel safe and I can relax and just go about my business," said the yachtsman, who has already tried out the medical device on a 37-foot yacht.
Before his accident, Mr Greenough was an up-and-coming athlete, having been awarded Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year in 2007. In the «adult category» this title was awarded to Ben Ainslie and Ellen McArthur (also in 2007).