Novel prosthetic allows amputee to play the piano

Ultrasound-powered prosthetic allows amputee to play the piano. Jason Barnes is now able to play the piano thanks to the new prosthetic powered by ultrasound technology.

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

Jason Barnes, a musician who lost part of his right arm five years ago in an accident, is the first amputee to use this technology that has helped him play the piano for the first time since his accident.

He even performed the Star Wars theme song as an homage to Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand in The Empire Strikes Back.

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