Jason Barnes Drums With A Musically Programmed Robotic Hand

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In 2012, Jason Barnes lost his right hand and part of his arm due to an electrical accident. As an avid drummer, he was devastated. He tried to fashion a prosthetic hand that would allow him to play the drums, but it was imperfect: he couldn't adjust his grip or the speed of the stick. That's when professor Gil Weinberg stepped in. Weinberg already had a band of robot musicians in his lab at Georgia Tech, and he was intrigued by Barnes's problem. He and his team devised a prosthesis that has a "musical brain," meaning that it can play on its own. Not only that, but it can play faster than a human hand, and is capable of wielding two drumsticks instead of one.

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  1. In 2012, an electrical accident left Jason Barnes without his right hand. 00:13

  2. See Jason Barnes drum with his robotic arm: 04:17

  3. Shimon is an eight-armed robotic marimba player. 05:25

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