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FDA Approves Innovative Prosthetic Arm for Amputees

Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has approved a prosthetic arm, called the DEKA limb, created by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. The arm, which is the same weight and size of a human arm, is the “first such device able to respond to multiple simultaneous commands from a wearer’s brain.” The “limb works by attaching electrodes to the surface of remaining arm or shoulder muscles, or to the legs of amputees…when amputees flex the muscles that would have previously been involved in moving their arm or fingers, the DEKA limb moves accordingly.” Representatives say that “the limb won’t be available for sale and a price won’t be determined until DEKA finds a commercial partner to mass-manufacture it.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.