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'Star Wars' robotic arm approved for production

A robotic arm for amputees named after the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker, has been approved for production, which could revolutionize the industry worldwide.

The arm can perform multiple, simultaneous movements and has been allowed for sale by the US Food and Drug Administration after extensive testing.

The DEKA Arm System arm picks up a coin. Credit: REUTERS/DARPA/Handout

The arm has been allowed to be mass produced after reviewing data, including a US Department of Veterans Affairs study, in which 90 percent of people who used the device were able to perform complex tasks.

These included using keys and locks, feeding themselves, using zippers and brushing and combing hair.

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