One-Armed Drummer to Develop Prosthetic Limbs That Enable Amputees to Play Music Again

A one-armed drummer has vowed to help science develop prosthetic limbs that enable amputees to play music. Jason…
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A one-armed drummer has vowed to help science develop prosthetic limbs that enable amputees to play music. Jason Barnes lost one of his arms in an electrical accident. He suffered severe burns when a transformer got exploded while working on it.

However, he didn’t get discouraged by what happened to him, he is setting the record for most drum hits in a minute. Due to his undying passion for music and a prosthetic limb, this one-armed drummer was able to continue playing his favorite instrument.

Jason who is often regarded as the “Bionic Drummer” started laying down simple beats after the sad incident happened.  Jason designed a custom prosthetic to help him play drums. This prosthetic was attached around his amputation.

The one-armed drummer of Def Leopard, Rick Allen, who got involved in a car collision, was able to get back to his career through an electronically assisted drum kit. This is kind of similar to Barnes’ recovery of his skills.

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Gil Weinberg who is a genius chamber music composer and a professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Music develops artificial creativity for robot musicians. Weinberg designed a bionic drumming arm for Barnes, and with this, he was able to play 2,400 drum hits in 60 seconds.

I’m very excited about the idea of human augmentation; about bringing technology into the body, and allow people to explore things they couldn’t before.


Weinberg and his assistants would team up to make use of electromyography and ultrasound, enabling electronics to respond to electric signals from the brain to make a prosthetic that allows a musician to play rudimentary tunes on the piano.’

Since the technology is new, Gil and his team would have to make the sensors much sharper and respond more to the signals Jason will be sending into his arm, allowing it to work faster and better.

I didn’t think I would be where I am now especially after my accident. Little did I know that five, six years later we would be on the verge of developing some of the best technology for amputees, how could anyone foresee something like that?


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