To alleviate that cost, Japanese prosthetics company Xiborg opened the “Blade Library” in Tokyo for people to borrow and try out the prosthetics. The company raised more than 17.5 million yen ($156,000) to open the facility.
Prosthetic “blades” are carbon fiber prosthetic limbs that can bend and spring as you run. They are designed for professional-athlete amputees, and they usually cost thousands of dollars each.
At the library, visitors can try any of 24 prosthetic blades for a daily fee of around 1,000 yen ($9). They can also exercise on the library’s sports track with professional-athlete amputees coaching them.
Watch our video above to see the amputees’ enjoy running and jumping in their prosthetic “blades.”