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Dean Kamen's DARPA-Funded Prosthetic Arm Gets FDA Approval


Now, right on schedule, the mind-controlled, robotic prosthetic has been approved up by the Food and Drug Administration.

Nicknamed the "Luke" arm by its creators, the DEKA arm now has the distinction of being the first FDA-approved arm that can move multiple joints at once by receiving commands from electromyograms, or EMG, electrodes on remaining parts of the arm. In a study from 2012, the arm was also succesfully "mind-controlled" through the use of neural implants. As part of a "fast-track" review, the FDA reviewed a study of the arm, which "found that approximately 90 percent of study participants were able to perform activities with the DEKA Arm System that they were not able to perform with their current prosthesis, such as using keys and locks, preparing food, feeding oneself, using zippers, and brushing and combing hair."

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