This robotic arm is light weight, adjustable for different body frame sizes, modular, and eventually thought controlled.
Current testers are controlling it with buttons under their toes, but the thought control is in the later stages of development. Another cool feature of this arm is the fact that it changes its grip on your body depending on how much weight you are lifting. Lift something heavy and it grips harder.
Inventor Dean Kamen previews the prosthetic arm he’s developing at the request of the US Department of Defense. His quiet commitment to using technology to solve problems — while honoring the human spirit — has never been more clear.
It seems to us, with microcontrollers becoming so cheap and accessible that we should be seeing more home made contraptions in this area.