Posted in: SERVO Blog (09/23 at 05:14 PM)
DEKA’s New Prosthetic Robotic Arm Featured on CBS 60 Minutes
DARPA and DEKA (Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST) team up to build a new revolutionary robotic arm to give amputees the ability to pick up small objects.
When Americans are wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq, no expense is spared to save their lives. But once they’re home, if they have suffered an amputation of their arm, they usually end up wearing an artificial limb that hasn’t changed much since World War II.
In all the wonders of modern medicine, building a robotic arm with a fully functioning hand has not been remotely possible.
But as 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley first reported in April, that is starting to change. One remarkable leap in technology is called the DEKA arm and it’s just one of the breakthroughs in a $100 million Pentagon program called “Revolutionizing Prosthetics.”