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Wayan Sumardana, a welder known as 'Tawan', created a self-made bionic arm in his workshop in a village near Bali. The 31-year-old Indonesian suffered a stroke six months ago, which left his left arm paralyzed. Sumardana developed a bionic arm from scrap and used metal parts, to help him keep working as a welder. The bionic arm functions by using signals from electrodes connected to Sumardana's scalp. The welder managed to create it using knowledge acquired during studies at a vocational school as well as searching on the internet.
originally posted by: Ksihkehe
a reply to: onequestion
I did some reading on this a few weeks ago and found this BBC article.
Unfortunately the scientists who tried to examine it could not seem to verify the device worked or confirm that any part of it made sense. He also claimed it was controlled via some semi-mystic method that didn't work for onyone else.
Cool gimmick, but a gimmick.
originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
I don't know much about electrodes and computer circuits.
Here is my take as a theatrical designer, fabricator, welder, tradesman, etc:
This is a wonderful steampunk costume.
From what I've seen with articulated false limbs they are controlled by servos by pressure where the false limb fits over the existing limb.
There is far to much gearing, and far to little pneumatic, or hydraulic manipulation for this to be efficient with today's tech, and specifically computer tech.
There is also a lack of anything visible for the articulation of wrist movements as seen in the video. Just looking at the exposed "workings" of this device, to have full articulation of wrist and fingers, he could not be wearing the glove.
If by chance I am wrong there should be visible proof of mechanisms at work or at least present under the glove.
I see no evidence.
originally posted by: Ghost147
10's of millions of dollars spent by the military building exoskeletons for soldiers
"talented disabled engineer builds exoskeleton using scrap metal"
People like this man are truly born geniuses. It makes me wonder how many people there are hidden throughout the world, living in poverty, yet could be the very people who could change the entire human race with the natural talents they are born with