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Robotic prosthesis turns drummer into a three-armed cyborg
March 6, 2014
With support from the National Science Foundation, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology Gil Weinberg created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled physically by the musician's arms and electronically by his muscles. The other stick on the prosthesis actually "listens" to the music and plays on its own.
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