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When one thinks about robotics-based assisting technologies — be they for therapeutic, rehabilitating or prosthetic uses — one usually thinks about the hardware. After all, it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the amazing images of metal and electronics that have been shaped into a semblance of a human arm, in the case of Dean Kamen’s “Luke” artificial limb from DEKA Research.

But experts in the industry say the real trick has been the software that runs such devices, and that software is now reaching a level of sophistication where even greater innovations will happen, and that means even better outcomes for the patients that use the technologies.

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