DARPA’s LUKE Arm: Prosthetics Transforming Lives of Veterans

Discover the groundbreaking advancements in upper extremity prosthetics with the DARPA-developed LUKE Arm system. This transcript unveils the remarkable journey of two veterans who became the first recipients of this cutting-edge technology, promising them unparalleled arm and hand motion that closely mimics natural movement. From development to commercialization, this transcript highlights the incredible collaboration and dedication behind this life-changing innovation.

Revolutionizing Prosthetics

The LUKE Arm: Witness a major milestone in prosthetic limb technology as the LUKE Arm system, developed by DARPA in collaboration with Decca Research and Development Corporation, introduces a new era in upper extremity prosthetics. This modular battery-powered arm offers near-natural arm and hand motion, setting a new standard for prosthetic advancements in over a century.

Unprecedented Control and Intuitive Design

The prosthetic LUKE Arm system is enabling users to achieve dexterous arm and hand movements through a simple and intuitive control system. With the ability to control multiple joints simultaneously and provide various grips and grip forces, this cutting-edge technology empowers individuals to regain a remarkable level of functionality and independence.

Years of Testing and Optimization

The extensive testing and optimization phase that involved collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, leading to the clearance of the LUKE Arm system by the US Food and Drug Administration. This rigorous process, supported by the Army Research Office and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, involved over 100 amputees, resulting in a product that prioritizes comfort, ease of use, and natural size, weight, and shape.

Unveiling Independence and Transforming Lives

Join the heartfelt moment as the LUKE Arm system is introduced to two American heroes, Fred Downs and Nardi McCauley, both veterans who lost their arms in service. Their testimonies highlight the life-changing impact of this innovative technology, providing them with newfound opportunities and enriching their lives with unprecedented independence.

A Symbol of Ongoing Progress and Promise

Witness the evolving process of upper extremity robotic technology and controls, with the LUKE Arm system as a testament to the constant pursuit of improvement. This groundbreaking innovation not only delivers on the promise of advanced prosthetics but also inspires hope for further advancements in the field, paving the way for a future where limitations are shattered.


The DARPA LUKE Arm system represents a significant milestone in the world of prosthetics, revolutionizing the lives of veterans who have sacrificed so much. This transcript captures the journey from development to real-world application, showcasing the transformative power of advanced technology in restoring independence, dignity, and limitless possibilities to those who have bravely served our nation.


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