VIDEO: Next generation bionic limbs from DARPA and OSRF have incredible new capabilities

02/14/2015 - 00:00

Volunteers on DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program test out early versions of the DEKA Arm System. One volunteer, who is missing both arms, even uses the advanced prosthesis to drink from a plastic water bottle, an especially difficult task for a prosthetic limb considering that water bottles are often slippery, easily deform, and contain moving contents.
An Army volunteer amputee tries out the DEKA Arm System on a rock climbing wall at the Center for the Intrepid. The advanced prosthesis was developed on a rapid schedule under DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. DARPA worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs on optimization studies of the arm. #DARPABiT