Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
Shiva Nathan, a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Westford, Mass., stands with a prosthetic arm he invented that is controlled by brain waves sent from a headset powered by Bluetooth. He was inspired to build the Arduino Prosthesis after a cousin lost both her arms in an explosion and he felt he could improve upon the prosthetics she was using. (Source: Parallax Inc.)
Nathan is an amazing young man, not just for his technolocal achievements but for the compassion that drives them. He is also pioneering an exciting development in prosthetics that is sure to bless many as the technology matures. This article is exciting on so many levels - seeing a young scientist in the upcoming generation in action, the technological advances being pursued to benefit the quality of life, and the altruism being exhibited that serves as a model to his generation and to the world. Well done, Nathan!
Thanks, Nancy, I agree, and it was really cool to talk to Shiva and here the enthusiasm in his voice as he described the technology and his reason for developing it. He certainly is a bright young man who already has contributed and will continue to contribute a lot to the world of engineering.
I will try to keep up with Shiva to find out about that, NadineJ. How amazing that at such a young age, he has the interest and generosity to use his prize money for something like that. I found that quite inspiring.
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