Prosthetic Advancements are Bringing Music Back to Amputees

 - Mar 12, 2014
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Advances in robotics have infused music into prosthetics for one amputee drummer. The new prosthetic allows him to continue his love of drumming and music.

A team from Georgia Tech have designed a robotic prosthetic for drummer Jason Barnes. The prosthetic reacts to the flexing of bicep muscles. The new design is an improvement on his own creating that was dependent on full elbow movements. The prosthetic has two drum sticks attached to it, "one controlled by the person and the other automatically 'improvising,' meaning Barnes can effectively play three drumsticks at once."

The last thing musicians would fear is losing the ability to make music. This new prosthetic shines a light onto the possibilities that could contribut to musicians of other instruments. As we move forward into the future, we can feel good that amputee musicians’ lives will be filled with the sound of their music.