Contributory Info: Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs
Named for Luke Skywalker’s lifelike prosthesis in Star Wars, Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm” is a prosthetic limb that is controlled by the human brain via microchip implant. Developed in 2008 and recently funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) the Luke Arm is awaiting approval by the FDA in clinical trial and “works much like a regular arm,” according to a report from Fast Company.
“The microchip records neuron activity and decodes the signals to activate motor neurons that control the prosthetic,” continues the report, “with the ability to bend, rotate, and twist in 27 different ways. It is designed to restore almost complete hand and finger function to patients dealing with spinal cord injury, stroke, or amputation.”