Watch: Man Hacks Prosthetic Arm to Output CV Control to Synthesizers

Transhumanism is all the rage these days! That is, using technology to enhance our human limitations and further our abilities. More specifically, as state on Wikipedia, Transhumanism as defined is: "An international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology".

While some argue that perhaps we will lose our very soul by becoming one with the machines, not to mention putting us under the potential control of AI technology who could then dictate much of what we think, say and do, it is also arguable that at least for the purposes of helping people with impairments, technologies like 3D bio-printing, robotics, and the huge advancements in prosthetics as of late, promise people recovering from accidents or born with physiological defects, a drastic change for the better in their lives, and should not be overlooked.

One area where we could see more work being done in terms of being able to help people with impairments however, is in music. After all, Beethoven was deaf, and still became one of the most influential composers of all time, and so fast-forward to 2020 and all of the advancements in medicine that we have today, and it's safe to say that nobody that has a passion for making music should have to go without being able to do it because they were born with physiological issues, or were perhaps injured in an accident that now prevents them from being able to compose or perform.

Enter Bertolt Meyer, and his concept for a device called the "SynLimb". A module that uses the electrode signals from his prosthetic arm, and converts it into CV, or Control Voltage, to then control his synthesizers. Thanks to Chrisi from modular synth manufacturer Koma Electronic, as well as Bertolt's husband Daniel who 3D printed the necessary adapter to hook the module to the actual prosthetic arm, and this was all made possible, and is truly inspiring to watch.

Please take some time to see the video for yourself. Also, check out some of Bertolt's most recent works below: