Sunday, September 20, 2009
60 Minutes feature on the Deka Arm
The Pentagon's attempt to improve prosthetic limbs was featured on 60 minutes this evening: the Deka Arm. It connects to the body using balloons, allowing heavier items to be lifted. Buttons located in one's shoes control the arm. A Vietnam vet was shown grabbing a bottle of Coke and drinking it, as well as handling small nuts and screws with the Deka Arm. Another amputee was shown picking up a single grape without crushing it. Some of the technology used in prosthetic legs, such as the Power Knees, is applied. The Deka Arm is now undergoing clinical testing.