Invention

Dean Kamen's arm may enter clinical trials soon

From IEEE Spectrum magazine:

Dean Kamen’s “Luke arm” — a prosthesis named for the remarkably lifelike prosthetic worn by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars — came to the end of its two-year funding last month. Its fate now rests in the hands of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funded the project. If DARPA gives the project the green light — and some greenbacks — the state-of-the-art bionic arm will go into clinical trials. If all goes well, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its approval, returning veterans could be wearing the new artificial limb by next year. …

Read more (and watch new video of the arm in action) on the IEEE’s site >>

And watch Dean Kamen’s moving TEDTalk on this project, unveiled at TED2007, right here: