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I would have channeled Bruce Campbell in Army of Darkness rather than Luke Skywalker, but this is still very cool. The man behind the Segway scooter has a new invention: bionic arms for wounded soldiers. They dubbed it the "Luke Arm" after the aforementioned Jedi Knight's robotic hand. Dean Kamen was approached by the DOD looking for ways to help soldiers who have been wounded in Iraq and Afganistan.

"This guy visits and basically says, 'Look, we've had 1,600 kids go over [to Iraq] and lose an arm. Two dozen have lost two,'" Kamen tells Newsweek in a story for next week's issue. "'At the end of the Civil War, we gave them a hook on a stick. Now we give them a hook at the end of a plastic tube.'"

It's amazing what we're accomplishing in the field of medicine these days. The arm is controlled by motor nerves in the lost limb, has an opposable thumb, and provides feedback so items can be grasped without crushing them. Amazing stuff and sure to improve the lives of our boys who've been wounded in battle - or anyone else who may have lost a hand or arm. Ash would be jealous.

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The Armed Forces Institute ... (Below threshold)

The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine is working on many projects. They already have an experiment that has successfully regrown the distal phalanges of an amputated finger for two men. DARPA is working on a program that will implant a prosthetic limb into the remaining stump, and connect nerves to the electronics so that the patient can move the prosthetic by thinking.

Grow Me One of Those

Ash and Army of Darkness an... (Below threshold)
epador:

Ash and Army of Darkness any day over Star Wars or Star Trek.

I don't think jealousy is i... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I don't think jealousy is in Ash's emotional vocabulary, but so long as these limbs can be used to wield both a chainsaw and a shotgun, I think he'd be happy with one of them.

Geez, what a bunch of young... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Geez, what a bunch of young'uns. I'd have called it the "Austin Arm," after the original Bionic Man. Twould be doubly amusing if this arm was developed for exactly $6,000,000.

Pretty sure it was probably... (Below threshold)
Chad:

Pretty sure it was probably more than that, but it would be kinda cool. It would sure be great to get these types of prosthetics for all our wounded heroes, and everybody else that could use one. What percentage do you think insurance would do on one of these babies? Thank you Mr. Kamen, this will really help our guys.

Anikin Arm would be most ap... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Anikin Arm would be most appropriate. Anikin Skywalker was written about before Steve Austin "was barely alive".

Shop Smart ... shop S-Mart... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Shop Smart ... shop S-Mart!

Hokey religions and ancient... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a 12 gauge double-barreled Remington that's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger.

Model 870 perhaps?... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Model 870 perhaps?

My personal favorite is the venerable Winchester model 12

"Gimme some sugar, baby."<b... (Below threshold)
max:

"Gimme some sugar, baby."

"Good. Bad. I'm the guy w... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

"Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun"




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