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Old 8th March 2014
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Bionic Arm / Cyborg Drummer


Bionic arm gives cyborg drummer superhuman skills



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Jason Barnes's prosthetic arm will let him live his drumming dream in his first gig this month – but it also adds its own rhythms inspired by jazz greats

JASON BARNES had wanted to be a professional drummer since he was a teenager. But when he lost his arm in a freak accident he thought his dream was over. Now he has a second chance at the big time – thanks to a brand new robotic arm.... For Barnes, the device needed to be able to take cues from the human body. The lab designed a prosthesis that uses a technique called electromyography to pick up on electrical signals in the upper arm muscles. By tensing his biceps, Barnes controls a small motor that changes how tightly the prosthetic arm grips the drumstick and how quickly it moves, vital skills for a drummer.

The researchers then added another layer of complexity: a second, autonomous drumstick on the robot arm (see photo). This second stick, controlled via its own motor, uses a microphone and an accelerometer to sense the rhythm Barnes is playing, as well as music from any nearby musicians. An algorithm then produces a new beat with a complementary rhythm and melody, modelled on the music of jazz greats like John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Old 17th March 2014
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That is cool!
Old 20th March 2014
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What does Rick Allen has to say about this?
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Originally Posted by JohnRick ➑️
What does Rick Allen has to say about this?
"I wish I could play jazz"
Old 19th April 2014
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This is great !
Old 19th April 2014
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That's really great
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