Christian Long

Dean Kamen: Previews a New Prosthetic Arm

In TED Talks on April 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Reflection by COOPER T.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Dean Kamen:  Previews a New Prosthetic Arm

Dean Kamen did a great job explaining this new technology. His performance was a little awkward but it was a compelling subject and he kept me interested.

Creating this arm is painstaking work but Kamen and his team pulled it off. This arm brings hope to hundreds of wounded soldiers that have lost one or even both arms in battle. The demo of the arm is amazing. Its capabilities are far from the average stick and hook that the majority of amputees have to put up with.

I’ve noticed a number of hypocrites commenting on the video saying we should bring the troops home.

These people need to understand this is not a political video. For one the troops know the risk of fighting but they accept it and believe in what their fighting for. These men and women are not drug into the fight the sign up, knowing they may not come back.

This technology isn’t just for wounded soldiers anyway. There are a multitude of uses one of the main ones being people that have suffered severe car accidents. These people deserve this technology to be pursued just as much as troops do. So anyone that disagrees with war has no reason to disagree with the development of this technology.

Its amazing what these people are fighting to develop and i congratulate them on their success. I feel that these man and women deserve a huge amount of support on their developments. As i said on a comment on the actual TED sight, “Until you’ve lost a limb, please don’t criticize.”

Dean Kamen has a few other videos on TED and a compelling biography so please look his work up if you haven’t already.

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