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.)
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.
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.
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