aNewDomain.net — Drummer Jason Barnes lost his arm as a result of an electrocution injury. Luckily, it wasn’t long before the drummer met researcher Gil Weinberg of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The result of their collaboration was a prosthetic robot arm — giving Barnes a third drumstick that they claim “thinks for itself.” Check out the video below to see it in action.
The tech relies on electromyography sensors. There’s one drumstick on the prosthetic arm that Barnes controls. Essentially it picks up muscle movement from his upper arm, to which it is attached. The third stick acts independently. Its tech includes a mic and an accelerometer. It picks up on what Barnes and the band are playing and then it beats out a rhythm that complements it. The arm officially debuts at the Atlanta Science Festival on March 22, 2014. Georgia Tech reps say Barnes will be there playing — along with various musical robotic creations from Weinberg.
Video: Georgia Tech YouTube Channel
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