Prosthesis is an independent art project by Jonathan Tippett, co-creator of The Mondo Spider. It is a 5m tall, 3000kg, four-legged wearable walking machine, powered by a cutting edge, modular, expandable hybrid-electric power plant. Prosthesis uses this power to amplify the pilots movements through a full body, on-board exo-skeletal interface. The machine has no computerized control system or giros and is entirely dependent on the skill of the pilot to operate properly. The pilot’s skill and the configuration of the power system all contribute to the machines overall efficiency. This relationship reminds us, in very immediate way, how our use of technology can convert small acts in to movements of great consequence.
The project is now complete – see footage of it walking here.
Creating Prosthesis took lots of testing. The first stage of the project was “The Alpha Leg“, which is a 2:3 scale prototype leg which was being used for engineering development and pilot training. Here is footage of the working prototype.