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Military Amputees May Soon Get ‘LUKE’ Bionic Arms | Defensetech

Military Amputees May Soon Get ‘LUKE’ Bionic Arms | Defensetech

A couple of U.S. military amputees may soon get a new type of bionic arm developed with funding from the Pentagon’s research arm.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, recently delivered the first two “LUKE” arms to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., according to an announcement.

The name stands for Life Under Kinetic Evolution, according to the release, but also pays homage to the “Stars Wars” character Luke Skywalker, who receives a robotic hand after losing his own in a lightsaber duel.

Source: Military Amputees May Soon Get ‘LUKE’ Bionic Arms – Defensetech