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FDA Approves ‘Star Wars’ Bionic Arm

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fda-approves-star-wars-bionic-arm-headerThis newly approved bionic arm was inspired by the cinematic legend “Star Wars.” 

Amputees will now be able to experience a groundbreaking bionic arm. The inventor of the famous Segway vehicle created the device with a little inspiration from infamous sci-fi flick Star Wars. The bionic arm has gone through eight years of research and testing, and now the FDA has finally approved the DEKA arm system

‘Star Wars’ Inspired Bionic Arm 

It is being noted as the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple movements through electromyogram electrodes. Electrodes can detect electrical signals from the contraction of the wearer’s muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached. Overall, the system can achieve simultaneous control of several joints using a different input devices such as wireless signals generated by innovative sensors on the user’s feet.

Unlike most prostheses, the DEKA can perform tasks like zipping a coat, unlocking a door using a key or handling an egg without it breaking.

Check out the video below to see it in action!

So...how was it inspired by Star Wars?

Dean Kamen, the creator of the arm, nicknamed it “Luke” after Luke Skywalker who had a prosthetic arm when he lost his own in a lightsaber battle against Darth Vader.

The arm is battery-powered and is about the size and weight of a natural limb and has six different grips. Inside is a computer that can tell what type of movement its wearer wants to make. This completely innovative Star Wars inspired bionic arm will now provide those the ability to have a prosthetic arm that functions just like a real limb. 

Photo Credit: DARPA

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