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 prostheticapproved by the FDA for sale to the general public.
In the FDA study, 90% of test subjects were able to quickly adapt to using the DEKA Arm for tasks that were impossible with traditional arm prosthetics, like brushing hair and using keys and zippers.
This is a cyborg we can all support.
Red-throated Bee-eater - Merops bullocki
As its common name suggestsMerops bullocki (Coraciiformes - Meropidae) has a distinctive scarlet throat, green upperparts with buffy hindneck, buff breast and belly, blue thighs and under tail-coverts.
The Red-throated Bee-eater is a colonial and noisy bird native to Eastern Africa.
Photo credit: ©Adam Riley | Locality: Upper West Region, Ghana (2014)