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," said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA
United Therapeutics, a United States-based biotechnology company, has signed a contract with New Hampshire-based DEKA
Research & Development.
The most widely tested advanced, multifunction prosthesis to date is the DEKA
Arm, developed through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.
system, also dubbed as the "Luke" for (http://au.
While DARPA is spearheading the research for the program, DEKA
will manufacture prototypes, and the VA will work with both agencies to provide patients, medical experts and conduct clinical studies.
Michael Ambrogi, general manager of DEKA
who in the past has served as the iBOT's project manager, said the wheelchair successfully combines multiple capabilities into one relatively compact 250 pound unit--no small feat.
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R&D to Help Bring Clean Water to Communities in Need (Photo: Business Wire)
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Research and Development Corp.
Arm System has been affectionately dubbed "The Luke," after Star Wars' Luke Skywalker who received a robotic replacement for the hand he lost in a fight with Darth Vader in the 1980 film 'The Empire Strikes Back.
used feedback from the VA study and from studies of their own subjects to refine the second-generation DEKA
Arm (gen 2) prototype and design the third-generation DEKA
Arm (gen 3) prototype.
Project Ripple aims to raise funds to purchase and place DEKA
Slingshot water purification systems in communities where safe drinking water is scarce or non-existent.
VA Research works each day to develop and conduct research on numerous advances like the DEKA
arm that improve the lives of Veterans," said VA Secretary Eric K.