The DEKA Arm System


Dean Kamen, the original inventor of the Segway, founded a company in 1982 called DEKA Research and Development Corporation based in New Hampshire. In a TED talk in 2007, he previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing with the U.S. Department of Defense and DARPA. Now, DEKA and DARPA are beginning to show advancements in fine-tuned accuracy and motor control of the prosthetics.

The DEKA Arm System, nicknamed “Luke” after Luke Skywalker (Star Wars (if you need clarification)) has already received FDA approval.  According to the FDA, “this is the first prosthetic arm that can perform multiple, simultaneous powered movements controlled by electrical signals from electromyogram (EMG) electrodes”.

Along with developments in advanced prosthtetics, DEKA is also developing solar power technology, watur purification, and an all-terrain electric wheelchair.

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty. Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor. After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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