The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and medical device company, Mobilius LLC have teamed together to bring one of the most advanced prosthetic arms to market. The prosthetic known as the Luke Arm (named for the prosthetic arm given to Luke Skywalker following his amputation at the end of Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back), was designed by Dean Kamen, funded by DARPA, and is being made commercially available by Mobilius LLC. The Luke Arm is an electromechanical prosthetic limb that offers near natural control for wearers. The arm is adjustable for varying levels of amputation and features enough durability to withstand water and other forms of impact, while having a variable enough grip to hold an egg or lift a milk carton. The Luke Arm also features flexion and extension, and is controlled by myoelectric muscle-controlled sensors in both the arm and foot.
The prosthetic, which sell in the $10,000–$100,000 range, is expected to be available late in 2016.
(Source: Popular Science)