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Dean Kamen, Segway creator’s first prosthetic arm cleared by FDA arrives in late 2016

Dean Kamen

 

Segway creator Dean Kamen’s Luke,  first prosthetic arm cleared by FDA, has been a long time in coming. Mobius Bionics has revealed today that it will offer the Luke arm by the end of 2016. Mobius Bionics is now accepting names of people interested in owning one of the first Luke arms.

The bionic wearable is offering flexibility, strength and life-like dexterity ‘that hasn’t really been an option until now’ said a participant who used the arm.

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The Luke arm has many innovative features including:

  • A powered shoulder with the capability to reach overhead or behind the back
  • A powered elbow with the strength to lift a bag of groceries from floor to tabletop
  • A powered, multi-movement wrist with the precision, range of motion, and dexterity to hold a glass of water overhead or at waist level without spilling
  • A hand with four independent motors and a conforming grip to hold everything from delicate items such as a phone or an egg to heavy items such as a gallon of milk without worrying that the item will slip or break
  • An innovative grip-force sensor that senses how firmly something is being grasped and communicates that information to the user
  • A variety of ways to control the arm, including electromyographic (EMG) electrodes and foot-mounted inertial measurement sensors
  • Protection against water and dust – offering peace of mind when used inside and outside the home.

 

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“Up to this point, design in prosthetic arms has been limited to incremental changes. We developed the LUKE arm to change the game for amputees – creating an innovative, integrated system that offers greater functionality and independence to our wounded warriors and other amputees, ” explained Dean Kamen, President of DEKA.

 

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