Pianists fitted with robotic thumb can learn to play with 11 digits

A robotic extra thumb can be controlled sufficiently by some people to be utilized while playing piano.

Since 2015, Aldo Faisal at Imperial College London and his colleagues have already been creating a robotic “third thumb” that straps to a user’s hand next to the little finger. The thumb is handled by the wearer via electrical signals from wiggling their foot.

The researchers have now begun testing these devices to see if it’s ideal for activities …

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