The project started 6 years ago when Jason lost his arm in an accident. Here is the story as told by our friends in Freethink:
By supporting the Cyborg Drummer project, you would help amputee drummer Jason Barnes get his own robotic drumming prosthetic. This revolutionary technology would not only allow Jason to play like he used to before his injury, but also enable him to push what's humanly possible, with unbelievable speed and virtuosic capabilities. With the new arm we will compose, record and perform new music to which you will get exclusive access.
The videos in this page show preliminary examples of the music we have been making with a prototype of the arm developed at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech's new policy doesn't allow Jason to travel and perform with it freely or benefit from it personally. The prototype also requires a couple of computers and a technical team to operate. With the new portable arm that we hope you would help us develop, Jason would finally be able to own his arm and become the traveling musician he has always wanted to be.
The new arm will allow Jason to control the sticks in novel and innovative ways. It will be expensive to make - we estimate it would cost about $70K in parts and labor. The additional $20K we are raising will go for hiring musicians, a video crew, recording studios and venues so we can bring the new music and video to you. If we are successful and surpass our funding goal, we will set additional concerts in other cities.
the new show we are working on is an AI opera that brings together cyborg robots and humans to compose and perform.
And finally, last year, we developed new ultrasonic technology that allows Jason to have much more control of prosthetic fingers, even to play a piano, as can be seen in the video below:
So why would you support this project? There are 3 main reasons:
1. Because of the music. With the new arm we plan to record awesome music, and make a video and a concert to which you will get exclusive access.
2. Because of Jason. Your support will allow Jason to overcome a terrible career stopping accident and become the performing musician he has always wanted to be.
3. Because of the tech. Your support will help us to push the state-of-the-art in human augmentation leading to innovations that could change the lives of many.
Thanks for the interest in the project, and hope you would consider supporting us.
Jason and Gil
Risks and challenges
While we have vast experience with building and programming wearable robots, there are still some unknowns regarding the effect of embedding the sensors (EMG and/or ultrasound) in a self contained arm. We will have to make sure that the sensor is responsive, that the arm is not too big and heavy to wear and that it will not inhibit Jason's expression. We have a great team of technologists and musicians and we are confident the challenges will be addressed in the best possible manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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