Prosthetic piano playing

The arm has an ultrasound sensor, allowing it to watch the muscles as they move.
Image credit: Georgia Tech

A musician who lost part of his arm five years ago is once again able to play the piano with the help of a new prosthetic.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to individually control each of their prosthetic fingers, providing fine motor hand gestures that aren’t possible with current commercially available devices. 

This is the second device Weinberg’s lab has built for Barnes, following a prosthetic arm that enabled him to play the drums in 2014.

Luke Skywalker Prosthesis Controls Fingers and Plays Piano

A prosthesis with ultrasound technology is allowing an amputee to control each of his prosthetic fingers individually.
Credit: Georgia Tech

14 Dec 2017

By Robyn Grimsley
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