Musician Hacks Prosthetic Arm to Control Synthesizer and Plays Music With His Thoughts

This musician hacked his prosthetic arm so that he can play music with his thoughts.
Derya Ozdemir

Bertolt Meyer is a musician and an engineer at heart, who was born without a lower left arm. He has worn a prosthetic arm since he was just 3 months old, however, now he is wearing an I-Limb that looks like something out of a futuristic cyberpunk movie.

What he is wearing is a myoelectric prosthesis, which uses electrical signals from the muscles inside the residual limb to control movement.

As an electric musician himself, Meyer had the idea to swap out the prosthetic hand for a DIY controller for his modular synthesizers. This is nothing short of genius since now he can play music just by thinking about it. He's calling the design "SynLimb."

This allows him to plug his prosthesis directly into the synthesizer and control its parameters with the signals from his body that would normally control a hand.

The video shows the amazing process in action. While Meyer talks about this as an exciting little project for him, it truly does hold promise and potential for the future of transhumanism. 

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