Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Program Manager: Dr. Justin Sanchez
N66001-06-C-8005: Phase 1 (2006–2008) and Phase 2 (2008–2010)
N66001-10-C-4056: Phase 3 (2010–2013)

"…DARPA has fostered and brought into existence some of the most useful technologies of the last fifty years."

– Michael Belfiore
The Department of Mad Scientists

Sponsor Background

department of mad scientists book cover

Michael Belfiore, The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009).

Program Background

DARPA has contracted more than $107 million for the APL-led Revolutionizing Prosthetics program to create a fully functional upper limb that responds to direct neural control. The groundbreaking work done under this program capitalized on previous DARPA investments in neuroscience, robotics, sensors, power systems, and actuation. In particular, this program builds on DARPA's Human Assisted Neural Devices program, which recently decoded the brain's motor signals with such fidelity that movements of a robotic arm can be controlled entirely by direct brain control.

The following items illustrate DARPA's rationale, goals, and commitment to Revolutionizing Prosthetics and associated programs.

DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program Approaches Milestones (October 10, 2011)

Partners Build High-Tech Hands for Wounded Warriors, by Cheryl Pellerin (American Forces Press Service, December 15, 2010)

DARPA's Bio-Revolution, by Jonathan Beard (DARPA: 50 Years of Bridging the Gap, April 2008, pp. 158–160)

DARPA Revolutionizes Prosthetics: How and Why?, by Judith Philipps Otto (The O&P Edge, November 2007)

DARPA's Cutting-Edge Programs Revolutionize Prosthetics, by Donna Miles (American Forces Press Service, February 8, 2006)

Keeping a Pact (DARPATech, 2005)