From Star Wars to Real Life: New Prosthesis Transforms Lives

April 19, 2016. Read article in MIT Technology Review.

Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DEKA arm is radically transforming the nature of upper body prostheses. Its sophisticated electrical and battery systems enable wearers to perform such delicate tasks as picking up a grape and tie shoelaces, while also providing sufficient power to use tools such as a hand drill. As prosthetic technology becomes increasingly advanced, these artificial limbs could surpass the functionality of natural limbs.