I'm a sucker for happy stories, I make no excuses. So, when I saw Alex—a seven-year-old boy who was born with a partially developed arm and loves superheroes—meeting with Tony Stark himself—played by Robert Downey Jr—my heart started to melt. Then I saw Alex in awe with his new bionic arm, I was like...
Dean Kamen's DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It's controlled by electrical signals from the wearer's muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prosthetic approved by the FDA for sale to the general public.
The first ever bionic hand that allows patients to feel again will be transplanted into a human this year, according to the researchers who have developed it.
One day while riding in his friend's car, Evan Reynolds' arm got ripped off, and he became one of the first people to score a fully functioning Luke-Skywalker-style robotic I-Limb from Touch Bionics.
The above video might not be as impressive seeming as Dean Kamen's bionic arm, seeing as that was actually attached to a person and not sitting on a desk, but that video is all blurry and stuff. At least these guys are putting it all out there for us to judge.