Friday, May 30, 2008

The Kamen Arm

Dean Kamen, a really smart guy with alot of money and resources has been developing a replacement limb for the last two years. He was inspired by wounded servicemen and women he visited, and what he and his team have created is breathtaking. Here is a video from Walt Mossberg's All Things D conference:

As an OIF vet, and the son of a disabled vet who has had to FIGHT FOR YEARS to get his due, I am just in awe that the DOD is supporting this. This is so amazing and shows what one truly philanthropic mind can do. To his credit, Kamen has also developed a highly mobile wheelchair, the iBOT, as well as the slightly more commercial Segway. I hope this arm develops more along the way of the Segway and becomes more widely available and affordable for those who need it. I've followed this story for awhile and I can't wait to see where else this goes.


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