Prosthetics continue to advance along with the rest of our technology, getting us ever closer to the age of bionic arms and legs that are better than our organically grown limbs. But in the meantime, some users are hacking their way toward unique uses that defy convention.

The latest is from Bertolt Meyer, who is hacking his arm prosthetic to connect to his music set-up to enable to play music with this mind!

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“Together with Chrisi from KOMA Elektronik and my husband Daniel, I am in the process of building a device (the “SynLimb”) that attaches to my arm prosthesis instead of the prosthetic hand,” writes Meyer.

“The SynLimb converts the electrode signals that my prosthesis picks up from my residual limb into control voltages (CV) for controlling my modular synthesizer. The SynLimb thus allows me to plug my prosthesis directly into my synthesizer so that I can control its parameters with the signals from my body that normally control the hand. For me, this feels like controlling the synth with my thoughts. I show the prototype(s), explain how we put it together and how it works, and do a little demo.”


Cover image via Bertolt Meyer/YouTube