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Custom prosthetic arm turns student into a bionic drummer

 Though he could have pursued his dream of becoming a professional drummer using only his remaining limb (like Def Leppard's Rick Allen, for example), he decided to build his own stick-wielding prosthesis. The attachment certainly allowed him to make some noise, but it wasn't flexible enough to give the speed or bounce control he was looking for. Now, thanks to the work of Georgia Tech's Professor Gil Weinberg, Barnes is preparing for a gig later this month where a novel robot drumming prosthetic arm will help him pound out precision rhythms with a live band.

According to Promised Hand, Barnes received a jolt of more than 22,000-volts while cleaning out a restaurant exhaust duct on January 9, 2012.

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