Army Vet Amputee Reaches New Heights by Rock Climbing With New Prosthetic

DARPA helped create the prosthetic arm dubbed "Luke" for the Army veteran.

— -- A new prosthetic arm dubbed "Luke" by its developers, allowed one Army vet to successfully rock climb.

In a video put out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, an Army veteran uses the DEKA arm system to scale a near-vertical rock wall.

The agency has been working to revolutionize the world of prosthetics through its HAPTIX (Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces) program, which aims to create a "prosthetic hand system that moves and provides sensation like a natural hand."

Luke Skywalker gets a prosthetic in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" after losing his hand in a duel with Darth Vader.