Kamen firm wins $7M DARPA contract for prosthesis that provides sensation of touchStaff Report
July 07. 2015 9:43PM
MANCHESTER — Inventor Dean Kamen’s company will receive $7 million for his work in helping to develop a prosthetic arm with a sense of touch.
The money is from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Kamen runs DEKA Research & Development Corp. DARPA said the contract was awarded to DEKA Innovative Solutions Corp., a Kamen firm.
DEKA officials weren’t available for comment.
DARPA already has given Kamen at least $40 million to develop a prosthetic arm that offers a wide range of motion that amputees, primarily wounded U.S. soldiers, can control via Bluetooth sensors attached to their shoes.The latest money is part of the initial phase of a DARPA program that wants to create a prosthetic hand system that moves and provides sensation like a natural hand, according to DARPA’s website.
DARPA said it is evaluating several distinct technical approaches and those that prove successful will continue.