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‘Luke Skywalker’ robotic arm wins FDA approval

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Robotic arm is the same shape and weight as a human arm.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new “Luke Skywalker” robotic arm, or DEKA Arm System, that is controlled by electromyogram (EMG) sensors activated by the wearer.

The black and silver prosthetic, which is manufactured by DEKA Integrated Solutions in Manchester, New Hampshire, was inspired by Luke Skywalker’s robotic arm in Star Wars.

Created by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, the new arm is the same shape and weight as a human arm. It detects muscle contractions close to the area where the prosthesis is attached, allowing a person to flex certain muscles and make 10 different powered movements.

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