9 superhuman innovations

With the 2012 Paralympic Games nearing its final stretch, these devices show what lies ahead in prosthetics, from bionic limbs to incredibly sophisticated robotic hands.

Flex-Foot Cheetah by Ossur
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Approved for games?: Yes

These J-shaped carbon fiber blades were worn by South African Oscar Pistorius to run in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. The technology used in the Cheetah, made by Icelandic company Ossur, hasn't changed since the late 1990s. In that time, Pistorius has shaved seconds off his personal best through training alone.


  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 07 2013 02:12 PM ET
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