A Georgia Tech engineering professor has built an autonomous robot that can be attached as a prosthetic arm. Gil Weinberg’s embedded device has been installed on a drummer who lost an arm as a robotic drumming prosthesis with two sticks. The first is controlled both physically by the drummer’s arm and electronically using electromyography muscle sensors. The other stick “listens” to the music being played and improvises.
“The second drumstick has a mind of its own,” said Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, in a university statement. “The drummer essentially becomes a cyborg. It’s interesting to see him playing and improvising with part of his arm that he doesn’t totally control.”