➟ Dean Kamen’s Prosthetic Arm, Luke, Cleared by the FDA

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval
By Dante D’Orazio, theverge.com

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a mind-controlled prosthetic limb called the DEKA Arm. A number of other scientists and engineers around the world are working on similar devices, but this is the first such prosthetic to get FDA approval. The prosthetic device comes from a company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and it is roughly the size and weight of an adult arm.

Four decades after television audiences were treated to a bionic man and woman, we finally have the technology to replace lost arms with something more human and natural than the crude poles many have to use today. In the opening credits to a movie where soldiers spend days instead of years recovering from injuries, and society comes to terms with its members turning part machine, and an internet of limbs becomes a ripe battlefield for cyberwarfare, this development begins the spinning newspaper montage.

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