Bionic Arm Gives Drummer 2nd Chance At Rocking Out

March 7, 2014


Meet drummer Jason Barnes. Jason lost part of his right arm in an accident, so Georgia Tech professor Gil Weinberg built him robotic prosthesis so he could still drum his face off and become a rock star. Hell, I haven't even heard him play yet and I'd still throw my bra at him on stage. Same goes for Def Leppard's one-armed drummer Rick Allen (although Rick would probably get my underwear too if I'd remembered to wear any).

The wearable offers direct control of one drumstick using bicep muscles; a second, automated drumstick monitors Barnes' timing and plays in sync at a customizable pace, creating a sound that ordinary humans can't match.

As you might imagine, the robotic arm has advantages for metal and other musical styles where complex drumming is essential.

Wow, a robotic arm that performs even BETTER than a regular arm. How bout that? It almost makes me wish-- "Please don't say you lost an arm." No. I am thankful for my arms. I was going to say it almost makes me wish science could do something for my penis. Like, I dunno, make it stop destroying planets in my sleep. NASA is getting pissed.

Keep going for a brief video of the bionic arm's capabilities.

Thanks to Grego, who once rocked out so hard every woman at the concert got pregnant. Wow, that...sounds like some serious child support payments.

  • Robert Edge

    Edward Scissorhands eat your heart out!

  • Austin Baker

    now that's what I call metal!

  • Sharada

    Nice story like 15 year old Christopher Hill of Australia.

  • if one arm was good enough for Def Leppard, it's good enough for you.

  • Littletroubleshooter

    I'm pretty sure God took his hand and by association, his chance, for a good reason.
    Because that was shit.
    Pure, unadulterated, slightly loose shit.

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    Being nice: it;s not for everyone.

  • AmselZephlyn

    He was learning how to play again without an arm. It's like if you cut a runner's leg off, replaced it with one of those prosthetic blades, took a video of him in physical therapy, and then commented "no wonder god took his leg, look how slow this guy is!"

  • Guest

    actually i think he might be fast with one, just awkward and afraid too. isn't the feedback on those blade legs that its hard to actually stop running the way it springs you forward?

  • Deksam

    Needs more cow bell.

  • Jared Gonzales

    So sweet! The design, with all the different blinking lights and moving gears, is absolutely perfect looking. THIS finally matches up with what my dreams of the "future" was supposed to look like as a child.

  • Guest

    just leaving this here. nothing to do with article but as a tip

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Wow. The spammer ^ got spammed v.

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