American military members make many sacrifices serving the United States. In fact, more than 1,600 have suffered the loss of a limb in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Until now, options for those who have endured an arm amputation have been limited. The quality of prosthetics has been entirely unworthy of the men and women who selflessly serve the country.
DARPA has been doggedly determined to find a way to restore limbs. For more than 10 years, this military bastion of innovation has paved the way and funded the best advances to deliver limbs that would far better restore capabilities.
The aim doesn’t stop there. In the Revolutionizing Prosthetics DARPA program, their vision is to also restore intuitive use of the new limbs with near natural control– even through thought control.
The hope is that these limbs will be so good that a service member’s options will be limitless – and that they may even return to duty if they so wish.
One of the exciting advances for those who have lost an arm is the LUKE (Life Under Kinetic Evolution) available through Mobius Bionics.
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With far better capabilities, LUKE allow users to do many things again for the first time since they lost the arm. It can translate muscle signals into complex arm motions.
Developed by DEKA Research & Development Corp., and funded by DARPA, it is the very first arm cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
About 100 wounded veterans played a vital role in this breakthrough. During development, they assisted by testing the LUKE and providing feedback. More than 10,000 hours went into honing it into the arm.
And it is now commercially available for everyone and available by prescription.
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LUKE is compatible with a range of amputation levels including shoulder, above the elbow and below the elbow. And an amazing breakthrough for wounded warriors as well as those with amputations from other causes such as diabetes, trauma and cancer.
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Since 9/11, it is believed more than 1,600 American warfighters have lost hands, arms, feet or legs.
In war zones, enemies of the U.S. have deployed vicious means of attack, like hidden IEDs, that have caused horrific wounds requiring amputations.
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