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Dean Kamen has since turned his mind to creating a revolutionary robotic arm that's now gained FDA approval.
A paralysed woman has used a mind-controlled robot arm to take her first independent sip of coffee in 15 years.
Inventor says societal priorities and resistance to change slow adoption of potentially superior tech, including a water purification and power generation system he developed for poor countries.
Using the BrainGate neural interface system, a woman paralyzed by a brainstem stroke serves herself coffee for the first time in 15 years.
In all the wonders of modern medicine, building a robotic arm with a fully functioning hand has not been remotely possible. But that is starting to change.
News.com's Ina Fried has the scoop on what Kamen will demonstrate Thursday. It's a new kind of prosthetic arm.
Segway inventor Dean Kamen discusses his firm's two "black boxes" that clean water and make power for the developing world. He's still looking for ways to deploy them.