A new robotic arm, designed for people with forearm/shoulder-level amputations, is going to be launched this year. The prosthetic arm will offer greater dexterity, strength, and flexibility. In turn, this will lead to more independence for people with arm amputations.
FDA approved it, and it’s going to hit the market later in the year. Features include a shoulder which allows patients to reach behind the back and overhead. The elbow has enough strength to lift a full shopping bag on the table, and the multi-movement wrist lets you drink a glass of water without spilling.
The prosthetic hand features four flexible motors which allow you to hold a delicate egg, or a gallon of milk, without slipping or breaking. A sensor can detect how firm the grasp is and transmits the information to the user.
The LUKE arm was developed to be a game changer for amputees. It aims to create an integrated system that offers greater independence and functionality for wounded warriors and other amputees. The arm was built in collaboration with people who were going to use it.
The LUKE arm was developed by a consortium of companies and state companies. Most of the funding came from the US Army Medical Research. The new prosthetic limb is a hybrid of engineering and technology. It is part of a larger effort to advance such technologies.
Working one on one with people with amputations has proved invaluable to the development of the product. Amputees’ insight has contributed to the construction of the most advance prosthetic limb to date. It has been FDA approved, and it has an innovative, natural-like design.
After spending ten years on the design table, the bionic arm is ready to launch, later in 2016. The developing company is called Mobius Bionics.
Prosthetic devices are based on a technology that’s been around since 2006. Then, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA, in short) was looking for ideas for creating the new generation of bionic limbs. The pressure came from amputees returning from combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The LUKE arm was tested over time by 100 amputees, for over 10,000 hours of use. In 2014, the advanced device received approval from the FDA.