FDA-Approved DEKA Arm System: A Breakthrough in Upper-Limb Prosthetics

DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with the goal of gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an advanced, electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that improves quality of life for amputees. Now, less than eight years after the effort was launched, the FDA has approved the DEKA Arm System. In this video, Mr. Fred Downs performs household tasks while wearing the DEKA Arm System. The system allows for simultaneous control of multiple joints using a variety of input devices including wireless signals generated by innovative sensors on the user's feet. The battery-powered arm system is of similar size and weight to a natural limb and has six user-selectable grips. The DEKA Arm System is capable of handling objects as delicate as grapes and eggs and also manipulating power tools, such as a hand drill.