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This 6-minute video chronicles the efforts of inventor/physicist Dean Kamen to develop a robotic arm with the functionality and dexterity of its human counterpart. "Prosthetic legs are in the 21st Century," says Kamen. "With prosthetic arms, we're in the Flintstones." The result of the project was the "Luke Arm", controlled with non-invasive measures using an interface like a joystick.
This video is part of a series about advances in prosthetic arms, published by Inside Technology Spectrum a magazine sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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Editor's Note:Studying robotics promotes understanding of system inputs and outputs, engineering design, force interactions, transfer of energy, and much more. See Related Materials for a lesson plan and interactive simulation on modeling bionic arms. More advanced students may be ready to do the force calculations to be found in "How To Build A Robot".
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<a href="http://www.thephysicsfront.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=11753">Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dean Kamen's Artificial Arm. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, June 30, 2011.</a>
Dean Kamen's Artificial Arm. (2011, June 30). Retrieved June 19, 2013, from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/biomedical/bionics/dean-kamens-artificial-arm
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dean Kamen's Artificial Arm. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, June 30, 2011. http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/biomedical/bionics/dean-kamens-artificial-arm (accessed 19 June 2013).
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A series of articles on the science and technology of the new generation of high-tech prosthetic arms, written for Spectrum, a magazine sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.