The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced another 3 years of funding for the DEKA Prosthetic Arm (aka the "Luke" arm). The 18 DOF robotic arm includes actuated fingers and can be controlled via a foot-operated joystick, shoulder-operated joystick, or myoelectric switches operated by brain implulses. We last mentioned the DEKA Luke arm when it completed a two year DARPA trial period. The DEKA in the name comes from "DEan KAmen" and the "Luke" designation is a Star Wars reference. The new work will be funded by the VA's Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service. The video clip above shows the DEKA arm in action under the control of the myoelectric interface which allows the patient to control it with their brain using residual nerves.