Monday, March 10, 2008

New prosthetic arm for veterans

I just learned about this organization, "TED", which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. According to their site:

"It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)."

In the clip Segway inventor Dean Kamen introduces his new prosthetic arm for veterans at the annual TED conference. He was compelled by Department of Defense officials to try and help the 1,600 soldiers who have had an arm blown off in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Its a cool arm, but I'd say we're going to burn in hell for stealing those limbs from those boys in the first place.

Kamen Speaks

1 comment:

Glenn said...

Yeah, I've enjoyed a lot of the TED stuff. One favorite that immediately comes to mind is Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God. When I went to search for it, I found that she also made a another appearance at TED last month:

href=http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/view/id/85

http://www.juliasweeney.com/letting_go_mini/index.html

Another favorite is Jeff Han's unveiling of his high-res, superfast, multi-touch display technology:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/65



(That's Paul Simon playing live in the background, right? Wild conference.)