Video: Dean Kamen’s “Luke” arm

posted at 1:24 pm on March 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

When last featured on Hot Air, it was merely awesome. Ten months later? Awesome.

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Go-Go Gadget arm! That is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Truly awesome.

jdog on March 31, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Just finished watching. Simply amazing.

Michelle on March 31, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Brought to you by the Military Industrial Complex. This is just another reason to love capitalism and the military.

D0WNT0WN on March 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

“we can rebuild him, we can make him better than he was”

The people who work on this stuff are angles on earth. What a wonderful contribution to our soceity and our nation.

Dollayo on March 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

It’s about time someone with his genius attacked designing workable arms. I know it’s complicated, but it doesn’t look as complicated as designing a microchip or a car engine. And a mind like Kamen’s can even make it profitable!

stonemeister on March 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Just thought of this: is this what they meant by an arms dealer?

Sorry, I had to say it.

stonemeister on March 31, 2008 at 1:41 PM

VERY awesome!
and heartwarming at the thought of whats to come!

Drunk Report on March 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

My mind races ahead 10 years…and I just shake my head in wonderment.
I always laughed at the guy who made the Segway, with Jobs using it as a toy I thought what a waste…but now, the engineering built upon that, marvelous.

right2bright on March 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Lt. Jean Razak, coming to a recruiting station near you.

knat on March 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

stonemeister on March 31, 2008 at 1:41 PM

So said stonemeister, off-handedly…

right2bright on March 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Kamen has good financing and once in a while a good idea. Certainly, this is a more useful idea than that revolutionary POS the Segway. Remember how that was gonna be better than cars and eco-friendly. Kamen is smart. But he’s also an arrogant jacka$$.

Andy in Agoura Hills on March 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

is this the evil pentagon i keep hearing about?

the evil military contracts with businesses that are sooooo evil?

blatantblue on March 31, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Lt. Jean Razak, coming to a recruiting station near you.

knat

The Mobile Infantry made me the man I am today

Defector01 on March 31, 2008 at 1:51 PM

The people who work on this stuff are angles on earth. What a wonderful contribution to our soceity and our nation.

Dollayo on March 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Geez, you and Algore!!! No, we DON’T believe in a flat earth, or angles!! We KNOW the earth is round!!!!!

Right?

Darksean on March 31, 2008 at 1:58 PM

That’s an awful lot of effort just to give the guy something to drink. Couldn’t they have saved a lot of time by just strapping a CamelBack to…oh, I get it…no shoulders.

Carry on, then.

James on March 31, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I’m also sure he’s probably going to happy that he can pee standing up again while doing the stall lean and the double shake. With the proper “attachment” he me even be able to enjoy browsing a Playboy magazine again. This, my friends, is a problem when you don’t have any arms.

Egfrow on March 31, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Kamen is smart. But he’s also an arrogant jacka$$.

Andy in Agoura Hills on March 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

It’s the smart, arrogant jacka$$es to whom the future belongs. The merest scientific possibility of true cybernetics (as opposed to myoelectric motor switches) could mean the biggest scientific discovery of the last 200 years.

gryphon202 on March 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

SkyNet is now online.

Gregor on March 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

knat on March 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

And maybe the only citizens allowed to vote will be veterans.

PrettyD_Vicious on March 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Awesome. I hope it’s affordable too.

tx2654 on March 31, 2008 at 2:46 PM

“… inspired by Star Wars …”!

I hope to see this guy interrogating a jihadi with his Luke …no, his VADER arm:

“Where are the plans?!”

“kkkkkaacckkk”

*snap*

Tony737 on March 31, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Awesome!!!

Now let’s see the videos of the awesome prostetic arms from Socialist or Islamic nations.

…crickets…

Montana on March 31, 2008 at 2:49 PM

I loved the test pilots genuine laugh at the end of the vid! What an amazing fit of technology and humanity.
Any chance the MSM will pick this story up without manufacturing a political angle…..?

dmann on March 31, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Teh Awesomerest.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 31, 2008 at 3:16 PM

When they said, “Modular” I was thinking, replace the hand with a machine gun, or flamethrower.

Sensei Ern on March 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM

When they said, “Modular” I was thinking, replace the hand with a machine gun, or flamethrower.

Sensei Ern on March 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Or that one in Treasure Planet.

MirCat on March 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

When the guy said he was able to feed himself for the first time in years, I almost teared up.

That thing rocks!

CurtZHP on March 31, 2008 at 3:26 PM

I’ve been hoping for this stuff for years; thrilled it’s here, and it’s only going to get better. Our veterans deserve no less.

Maquis on March 31, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Imagine what a guy like Dean Kamen could do with $300M.

Queeter on March 31, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Kamen is a good man. His stairclimbing wheelchair is an amazing feat, the Segway was more of an offshoot of that than an independent thing.

Dr. Manhattan on March 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Some idiot on youtube:

“really nice and stuff, but how about not sending soldiers into limb removing situations in the first place?”

Yeah OK! No more soldiers ever. No more conflict. What a fantasy world that person lives in. What a naive asshole.

Dr. Manhattan on March 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

This is AWESOME! I can see it now–BlueTooth appendages for amputees! Just have this microchip implanted in an amputee’s brain, attach the Luke arm (or leg, assuming he’s working on one of those), and their life will be back to as close to normal as is possible.

jedijson on March 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Since everybody else said all the cool stuff, I am left to complain about the lost art of normalization.

Watching and listening on the internet is an exercise in CONstantLY adJUSTing THe vOLUme.

Because people, no matter how clever, are morons.

Merovign on March 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

This is NOT a product of middle-eastern or muslim research/technology. God Bless Dean Kamen and the USA!!!!

Longhorn Six on March 31, 2008 at 4:33 PM

That is BEYOND AWESOME! I am seriously blown away. Lucas should give it his personal stamp of approval when it’s ready. :)

DakRoland on March 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I would grouse about my tax bill a whole lot less if we spent more of it on cool stuff like this.

Next I want the one with the laser finger!

hburns on March 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Some idiot on youtube:

“really nice and stuff, but how about not sending soldiers into limb removing situations in the first place?”

Yeah OK! No more soldiers ever. No more conflict. What a fantasy world that person lives in. What a naive asshole.

Dr. Manhattan on March 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Good point…and they made sure the subject has lost his limbs in an electrical accident, not the war.
More people are maimed in cars then the war…

right2bright on March 31, 2008 at 5:17 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of America’s robotic prosthetics industry.

12thman on March 31, 2008 at 5:27 PM

I would grouse about my tax bill a whole lot less if we spent more of it on cool stuff like this.

hburns on March 31, 2008 at 5:12 PM

heh, I received my Social Security Statement this weekend. First it was cool too see my earnings over the last 20 years (I’ve been working since I was 15). Then it was sad to realise that I have contributed $150,000 to Social Security and will probably never see 1 cent of of it.

:(

12thman on March 31, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Dean Kamen is the reason I became an engineer.

AbaddonsReign on March 31, 2008 at 6:25 PM

I don’t know where the money is going, but why isn’t this one of Murtha’s pork projects?

oakpack on March 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Awesome.

Jaibones on March 31, 2008 at 11:29 PM

This is one of the coolest applications of mechanical tech I’ve ever seen that WASN’T fictional. Science Fiction as we know it dreams this stuff up for a faraway future, but we have to have more Kamen’s out there who KNOW we have the brainpower to beat the writers visions by a few centuries. Screw the talk of “Skynet” and “we shouldn’t have people in situations to lose arms in the first place”…That’s the bulls**t of Loservision. The only way this country as ever gotten ahead was when it stopped looking behind, except for reference material, and started thinking ahead.

52Ranger on April 1, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Better than the Segway. Someone can actually use this.

koolbrease on April 1, 2008 at 4:22 AM

wow…simply wow

spacekicker on April 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM

I have contributed $150,000 to Social Security and will probably never see 1 cent of of it.

12thman on March 31, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Nah….if you’re halfway close to retirement age, you may see 50 cents on the dollar! OTOH, if you’re like me, nearly 20 years away….let’s just say that my retirement savings are based on nada from the good ol’ SS office.

bikermailman on April 30, 2008 at 9:34 PM

As for the video, Kamen is like the other great inventors. You have to have a whole lot of failures to get the occasional successes. This one may be Kamen’s light bulb.

bikermailman on April 30, 2008 at 9:35 PM