Armed and Dexterous
A New Prosthetic Arm Has Star Power
Prosthetics are blending into the human body. The LUKE arm, a prosthetic arm with an unprecedented degree of dexterity and flexibility, is scheduled to hit the market in late 2016. Electrodes allow the wearer to control the arm with muscle movements and sense when an object has been picked up. To develop the arm, named after Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, the project team collaborated with almost 100 amputees, who tested the device for more than 10,000 hours. The project was developed by DEKA Research and Development as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s US$107 million Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEKA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The project team collaborated with almost 100 amputees, who tested the device for more than 10,000 hours.
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