Wounded Veterans to Benefit from LUKE Bionic Arm

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Life Under Kinetic Evolution arm is displayed attached to a wooden torso. (DARPA photo)

A cutting-edge prosthetic may soon improve the lives of wounded warriors and veterans living with upper arm amputations.

The Life Under Kinetic Evolution, or LUKE, arm moves as one unit, reducing the labor-intensive process of controlling one joint at a time. The prosthetic also features the first commercially available powered shoulder.

Veterans Affairs secretary Dr. David Shulkin recently showed the arm to national news programs.

“This is why the VA exists,” Shulkin explained during a visit to CNN, “to bring the very best technology to veterans.”

Here’s how it works.

Air Force video by Airman 1st Class Jose Gonzalez

Once called the DEKA arm, the LUKE device was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.

During the research phase, the VA helped evaluate and issue the LUKE arm to veteran amputees.

Read more about the recent TV appearances.

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