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Revolutionizing Prosthetics

DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: Create an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence and improves quality of life for amputees, and gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its use. In May 2014, less than eight years after the effort was launched, that dream is a reality; the FDA approved the DEKA Arm System.

Program Manager: Dr. Justin Sanchez


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Last updated: November 13, 2015

University of Chicago Biological and Bionic Hands: Natural Neural Coding and Artificial Perception
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, University of Chicago, Purdue University, University of Pittsburgh The Effect of Chronic Intracortical Microstimulation on the Electrode-Tissue Interface
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, University of Chicago Restoring the Sense of Touch with a Prosthetic Hand through a Brain Interface
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Experimental Validation of Imposed Safety Regions for Neural Controlled Human Patient Self-feeding using the Modular Prosthetic Limb
University of Pittsburgh High-performance Neuroprosthetic Control by an Individual with Tetraplegia