Genium

Reclaim your strength.

Incomparably close to nature.

With the launch of the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System a breakthrough in the field of knee prosthetics was achieved in 2011. Unequalled natural walking, climbing stairs step-over-step, overcoming obstacles, walking backwards, standing on slopes and much more: people with a prosthetic leg benefited for the first time from entirely new features, both during leisure time and at work.

Due to feedback from technicians and prosthesis users, we have further improved the innovative concept of optimised physiological gait (OPG) and the intuitive controls. This results in clear advantages when it comes to safety, a natural gait, endurance and mobility. Bilateral prosthesis users especially benefit from the new intentional stance function that complements the intuitive standing function. Now, prosthesis users can also conveniently control their Genium via smartphone with the Cockpit app for Android devices. All for one goal: an active life.

Inductive charging

The inductive charger is connected with magnets to the back of the knee joint. This technology allows charging through clothing and cosmetic covers.

Battery and electronics

In the Genium, the battery and electronics are enclosed and protected by the frame. The integrated microprocessor coordinates all measurement and control processes.

Carbon fibre frame

To withstand the variety of day-to-day stresses, the frame is made of carbon – an especially strong, high-grade and lightweight material.

Knee moment sensor

The knee moment sensor supplies data about the knee moment and therefore provides important information for precisely determining the forces acting on the prosthesis.

Hydraulic unit

The hydraulic unit controls the Genium. The flexion and extension resistances of the joint are controlled independently by means of two control valves.

Bluetooth

Integrated Bluetooth technology permits simple communication with the joint. If necessary, the function can be disabled.

Inertial motion unit (IMU)

A gyroscope and acceleration sensors allow the position and speed of the Genium in space to be determined in real time. An angle sensor determines the flexion angle and flexion angle speed. Control of the prosthesis is based on an analysis of the movements and the force acting on the joint.

Intelligent AXON tube adapter

The AXON tube adapter measures in real time both the ankle moment and also the vertical force acting on the joint. The AXON tube adapter can be connected to a foot without a connecting piece.



Benefits at a glance

Stairs and obstacles function

The stairs and obstacles function is unique in the field of prosthetics. It makes climbing stairs step-over-step possible – with barely any compensating movements. Intuitively while moving, with no special commands. An innovation that was unthinkable for non-motorised prostheses. With the Genium, barriers like curbs and obstructions around the house can be managed completely naturally.

Individually programme five MyModes

For most demands of everyday life, you can use the Genium basic mode. You can individually programme up to five MyModes for special situations. Would you like to play golf? Your O&P professional will then adjust the precise knee flexion you need for your personal tee-off. On the golf course, you switch on the programmed mode and make a fine adjustment via the Cockpit app, if necessary. After teeing off, switch to the basic mode again with two clicks and proceed as usual to the next hole. The wide range of MyModes brings flexibility and independence – not only in training but also in different situations at work. So that you can actively shape your life.

Standing, even on slopes

The Genium recognises when weight is placed on it while standing still. This makes it possible for you to distribute your body weight naturally and to load your joint in a balanced way without initiating the next step – even on slopes and uneven ground. For this purpose, you can choose between the intuitive and intentional stance function. Your O&P professional enables the version you prefer.

The advantage for bilateral prosthesis users

In the development of the Genium, we have paid particular attention to the needs of bilateral transfemoral amputees. Together with bilateral Genium users, we have developed solutions that meet the desire for more stability and safety. An example is the intentional stance function. Here you initiate the natural stance function deliberately and also end it with a distinct signal, either by relieving the prosthesis or extending it slightly.

Simple control on the go: the Cockpit app

With the new Cockpit app for Android devices, the Genium provides an easy way to control the joint and to enable and disable functions such as the sitting function. The app also displays additional information such as the charge level of the Genium battery. A remote control is of course available as an optional accessory.

Smart energy management

The battery life of the new Genium is an average of five days. To save even more energy, the knee joint activates the sitting function when the user is sitting down: The Genium then switches to a free-swinging position. This not only saves battery power, but is comfortable for you in this position as well. If the Genium's functions are not currently required, e.g. if you are sitting for longer periods or have taken off the prosthesis, you can select the deep sleep mode via the Cockpit app or the remote control. The deep sleep mode is simply practical in many situations – and saves energy.

Switch sounds off with mute mode

Sometimes, receiving feedback through a sound or vibration from the joint is not desirable – for example at the cinema, in the theatre, at work, at a lecture or at home when children are sleeping. With the new Genium, mute mode can be activated using the Cockpit app or remote control. Only safety-relevant notifications are then sent by the joint.

Weatherproof

The Genium is weatherproof and therefore protected from occasional exposure to water. A sudden rain shower while walking is no longer a problem and an obstacle for your active life.

Functionality

Further development of OPG – the unique method of natural walking

The Genium simulates the natural gait almost identically – whether on a relaxed stroll through the city or walking quickly to the bus. This advanced technology is called optimised physiological gait (OPG). It gives you amazing freedom in your everyday life, at work and beyond. The new Genium can be controlled even more intuitively now thanks to what we have learned in recent years. All for one goal: to simulate the best possible way of walking for you. That is, the natural, physiological one. Step by step. For an active life.

(1) PreFlex

The knee joint is already pre-flexed when the heel strikes the ground – the way it is with a natural leg. This is automatically controlled by the electronics. You require less force to initiate a step, since the prosthetic foot makes full-surface contact with the ground more quickly.

(2) Adaptive yielding control

Knee flexion during full-surface contact between the prosthetic foot and the ground is regulated in an intelligent way, i.e depending on the forces acting on the prosthesis. You can negotiate hills, uneven terrain and slopes more safely, pay less attention to controlling your prosthesis and use it intuitively. Flexion also dampens the impact of the foot, which decreases compensating movements and therefore significantly reduces subsequent orthopaedic problems as well.

(3) Dynamic stability control (DSC)

This is an innovative and patented method to monitor all movement situations. Six different parameters are continuously recorded in order to define the optimum switching point between the stance and swing phase. For you, this translates into enhanced safety, including when walking backwards or taking side steps.

(4) Adaptive swing phase control

The quality of the swing phase with the Genium is comparable to the natural model. The lower leg pendulum movement is precisely limited to 65° of flexion – regardless of the walking speed. The increased ground clearance minimises the danger of tripping and falling. Even on slopes, the angle-independent swing phase ensures sufficient ground clearance. There is no limitation of step variance, whether you are taking short or long steps, or walking slowly, fast or at irregular speed. The system even adapts intelligently to the respective shoe soles and clothing.

Prosthesis training

A prosthesis is only as good as the user's ability to handle it! The Genium is an innovative knee joint that offers you numerous functions. However, these functions have to be learned and practised, especially in the beginning. This is the only way you can fully utilise the functionality of the Genium.

With “Genium Gait Training”, Ottobock has developed a training programme that instructs therapists, technicians and users in detail on how to conduct efficient gait training. The programme is illustrated with clear videos. Activities which are practised include walking backwards, going down stairs and negotiating slopes as well as the Genium stance function, sitting with the Genium, climbing stairs step-over-step and much more. Numerous exercises have been selected to increase safety and confidence early on in using the Genium.

Ideal prosthesis components

Triton

The prosthetic feet of the Triton product line are suitable for active prosthesis users. They are made of a set of flexible carbon springs. This design allows the foot to function as a flexible unit, which creates a particularly smooth rollover. In addition to the system's flexibility, the Triton feet provide a consistently high level of stability when walking and especially when standing. Furthermore, the foot's special structure ensures a powerful transition to the swing phase and a highly variable stride length. At the same time, the divided forefoot section gives the user the necessary control to deal with uneven ground and quick changes of direction. The Triton is extremely well suited for meeting the requirements of an active lifestyle. Thanks to its outstanding dynamic response and flexibility, it supports a broad range of applications from everyday use to recreational sports.

Triton Vertical Shock

The Triton Vertical Shock provides additional shock absorption. It adapts very well to uneven terrain (e.g. forest floor). The forces acting on the residual limb while walking are therefore reduced, providing noticeable relief for the user.

SiOCX prosthetic sockets

The SiOCX TF socket system, which offers optimum adhesion and an improved sense of the surroundings in addition to a high level of comfort during sitting and wear, is available with an open and closed outer socket and various colours for the inner socket. The combination of skin-friendly, high-tech materials such as HTV silicone, carbon and flexible Dyneema woven fabric ensures maximum comfort, hygiene and functionality. Experience how sitting in comfort, optimum adhesion in the prosthetic socket and effective protection for sensitive areas of the residual limb improve your everyday quality of life.

Meridium

The highly customisable Meridium prosthetic foot comes closer to the movements of the human foot than any other. Thanks to its highly modern design and sensor technology, it adapts to all surfaces and everyday situations in real time.

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Instructions for use

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Information for technicians

In this brochure, you’ll find everything that you as a technician need to know about the new Genium.

FAQ

  • Who can wear the Genium?

    The Genium is suitable for transfemoral amputees who are active and like to move. It is approved for a body weight up to 150 kg. Your orthopaedic technician will advise you in detail whether the Genium is suitable for you.

  • Who can wear the Genium?

    The Genium is suitable for transfemoral amputees who are active and like to move. It is approved for a body weight up to 150 kg. Your orthopaedic technician will advise you in detail whether the Genium is suitable for you.

  • Who can wear the Genium?

    The Genium is suitable for transfemoral amputees who are active and like to move. It is approved for a body weight up to 150 kg. Your orthopaedic technician will advise you in detail whether the Genium is suitable for you.

  • How long does it take to learn how to use the Genium?

    It depends. Many users can climb stairs step-over-step on the first day with the Genium. However, this can also take several days or weeks; it varies between individuals since everyone is different.

  • How long does it take to learn how to use the Genium?

    It depends. Many users can climb stairs step-over-step on the first day with the Genium. However, this can also take several days or weeks; it varies between individuals since everyone is different.

  • How long will the Genium battery last?

    Intelligent energy management integrated in the Genium results in a battery capacity of up to 5 days when fully charged. However, we recommend charging the knee joint daily overnight.

  • What happens when the battery is drained?

    Vibration messages provide a timely warning when the battery charge gets too low. Once the battery is drained, the Genium automatically switches to safety mode.

  • What happens when the battery is drained?

    Vibration messages provide a timely warning when the battery charge gets too low. Once the battery is drained, the Genium automatically switches to safety mode.


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