Tag Results for Applied Physics Laboratory (3)

  1. Article: 'The Revolution Will Be Prosthetized'

    In this month's issue of Spectrum, Sally Adee describes the Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program, a "Manhattan Project" for prosthetic arms organized by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Here's an interesting excerpt: But the most power-efficient arm in the world is no good if you canâ''t control it. So APL [Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory] partnered with RIC [Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago] to develop a groundbreaking technique for controlling a mechanical arm with an amputeeâ''s own nervous system. Todd Kuiken, director of RICâ''s neural engineering center, created a portal to the nervous system by …

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  2. Dean Kamen's 'Luke Skywalker' bionic arm readies for clinical trial

    IEEE Spectrum's Sarah Adee reports: Dean Kamen's â''Luke armâ''â''a prosthesis named for the remarkably lifelike prosthetic worn by Luke Skywalker in Star Warsâ''came to the end of its two-year funding last month. Its fate now rests in the hands of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funded the project. If DARPA gives the project the green lightâ''and some greenbacksâ''the state-of-the-art bionic arm will go into clinical trials. If all goes well, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its approval, returning veterans could be wearing the new artificial limb by next year. The Luke …

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