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Old 04-14-2009, 12:01 PM   #1
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the real Bionic Man...

It's about time.

I'm not sure how many of you remember that creepy robot that could walk on anything and even right itself on ice, but it was an amazing piece of machinery. And still, people who've lost an arm have a hook to replace their hand.

That's changing and the Pentagon is making it possible. This is a positive use for Americans' tax money.

'60 Minutes' video: The Pentagon's bionic arm | Cutting Edge - CNET News

Fred Downs has been wearing the standard prosthetic arm since 1968, after he stepped on a landmine in Vietnam.

"It's a basic hook. And I can rotate the hook like this and lock it," Downs told Pelley, demonstrating the limited movement ability of his prosthetic arm. "In those days they didn't have a lot of sophistication about it. They fit you and say, 'This is your arm, this is your leg.' And it was the best technology in those days and you just had to make yourself learn how to use it and I did."
Col. Ling is a physician with big dreams and little patience, especially when touring Walter Reed Army Medical Center and meeting the troops he's working for. "We have a saying in the military, 'Leave no one behind.' And we are very serious about that. And that doesn't mean just on the battlefield, but also back at home," he said.

Ling told Pelley they've made great strides in artificial legs, but a good arm has never been within their grasp. "If you look at your hand, it's an incredibly complex piece of machine. What nature provides us is extraordinary. The opposable thumb, the five finger independently moving, articulating fingers. It's fantastic what this does."
This is where Dean Kamen comes in. The Segway is among his many inventions. He's created an arm and hand that works on the electrical impulses from the brain.

Amazing, and about time.

He controls a robotic arm simply by thinking about moving his own hand that no longer exists.

Asked how much training is involved to learn how to move the hand, Kuniholm told Pelley, "I'm not really learning, so much as the computer is. I'm doing what I imagine I'd like to do. And we've taught the computer to interpret the signals and do what it is."

He said it almost feels natural to him.

After four years and $100 million, arms controlled by thought are still a work in progress. But in the meantime, the DEKA arm is headed to the VA for clinical testing in the hope that is will soon becomes available to the nearly 200 arm amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Nobody ever wants to put a price tag on making a soldier or a Marine whole again. But, you're talking about $100 million," Pelley remarked. "It's a big number."

"It's a huge number. But it does a number of things. Number one is, of course, it fulfills our commitment to these fine your men and women who the issue of money compared to what they have done for the service of the nation becomes immaterial," Ling replied. "However, this is not a classified, military weapons system. This is an advancement in medical technology. And the beauty of this particular effort is that this is another gift of the American taxpayer to the entire world.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:12 PM   #2
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that was quite an incredible story. i think that it is amazing that this "arm" is being developed so that you can use the remaining muscles to control it.
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Amazing! Leave it to modern technology.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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You should see the stuff they can do with an ink jet printer!

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