While we’ve come along way from the invention of electricity, putting a man on the moon, and the creation of both the computer and internet- the overall fashioning of the functionality of prosthetic limbs hasn’t topped this list. The creation of prosthetic limbs date back as far as Greek and Roman times, yet until recently they’ve been a neglected piece of technology.1

It wasn’t until World War II that true advances in prosthetic limbs began taking place. During this World War II, there were many more veteran amputees than ever before. As so, this lead to the creation of the Artificial Limb Program, created by the National Academy of Sciences in 1945.1

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Photo courtesy of www.darpa.mil.

Today, a huge breakthrough has taken place within the world of prosthetics technology for those wounded veterans without an arm. The prosthetic limb is called the “LUKE” arm system—which stands for “Life Under Kinetic Evolution”- was designed and developed by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The LUKE arm system is “A new generation of prosthetic limb that promises them unprecedented, near-natural arm and hand motion.”2

Fred Downs and Artie McAuley, two U.S. veterans living with their own arm amputations as a result of injuries sustained during their time serving our country, have become the first recipients of the LUKE arm system, presented to each of them by VA Secretary David Shulkin.2

What makes the LUKE arm system unique is that its movements are controlled by the wearer via “Wireless signals generated by sensors worn on the feet or via other easy-to-use controllers.”2

 We love seeing our veterans getting outfitted with new technology that helps make their daily lives more manageable and less stressful for both themselves as well as their caregivers.

You can find out more about the LUKE arm system here and how it works.

 

References:

 

1) http://science.howstuffworks.com/prosthetic-limb1.htm

2) https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-06-30