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http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/269864/april-05-2010/dean-kamen

The Luke Arm
Named as a Star Wars head nod to Luke Skywalker, the Luke arm is one of the most advanced prosthetic arms ever created. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, awarded $18 million in funding to Dean Kamen in 2005 to bring prosthetics into the 21st century, and boy did he. The Luke Arm is the first bionic upper limb to provide 18 degrees of freedom, a step up from its ancestors that only offer 3 degrees of freedom. It can be controlled by wiring the device to muscles or nerves, or with a foot pedal. It even has a tactile feedback sensor in the hand allowing the wearer to sense what kind of pressure they’re putting into their grip. Here is a video of Kamen showing off the arm earlier this year.

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Written by erika

2010/06/08 at 4:13 am

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