Amputees will soon have access to a bionic arm that can reach overhead or behind the back and has the strength to lift a bag of groceries from floor to tabletop, its makers say.
Mobius Bionics LLC said it will launch the new device, which is called the LUKE arm.
The LUKE arm is the first prosthetic arm cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the new product category for integrated prosthetic arms.
It was developed by DEKA Research and Development Corp. “[This arm’s] functionality far surpasses anything that I’ve had so far,” said a participant who used the arm in DEKA’s clinical study.
Mobius Bionics said it is now accepting names of people interested in owning one of the first LUKE arms.
According to Mobius, the LUKE arm offers advanced features and capabilities including:
“A powered shoulder with the capability to reach overhead or behind the back
A powered elbow with the strength to lift a bag of groceries from floor to tabletop
A powered, multi-movement wrist with the precision, range of motion, and dexterity to hold a glass of water overhead or at waist level without spilling
A hand with four independent motors and a conforming grip to hold everything from delicate items such as a phone or an egg to heavy items such as a gallon of milk without worrying that the item will slip or break
An innovative grip-force sensor that senses how firmly something is being grasped and communicates that information to the user
A variety of ways to control the arm, including electromyographic (EMG) electrodes and foot-mounted inertial measurement sensors
Protection against water and dust – offering peace of mind when used inside and outside the home.”
Science Fiction Brought to Life
It sounds as if science and technology have brought us one step closer to a world formerly seen only in science fiction. It’s a reality that could make a real difference for disabled people around the world.