The DARPA-funded DEKA Arm System is an amazingly life-like prosthetic arm controlled directly by electric signals from the muscles. It's the first such prosthetic available to the general public. And it can help you climb a rock wall like a badass.
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.
Some would say if you only had one arm, you're handicapped. I would like to tell those accusing people that they lack imagination. Think about the versatility you gain! Instead of having an arm, you can have a hook, a tentacle or even a smartphone dock embedded in your prosthetic!
On one side, we have typical prosthetic arms with five fingers, a complicated motor system and human resemblance. On the other side, we have this prosthetic tentacle with a one curl grip, simple motor and creeptastic design. Which is better?