The bounders boot demonstrated the exotic spring design well, but the passiveness of the boot was limiting the full potential of improving the user's experience. The Ankle Clutch (as shown above) was an improvement of the Bounders boot by integrating a flexural clutch that releases the spring's stored energy at appropriate moments to allow for both amplification of motion at some times during usage as well as complete freedom of motion at other times, resulting in power amplification at the user's whim.


November 02012