Who doesn’t want to be a cyborg? Ever since I was little I wanted nothing more than to be faster, stronger, smarter, and have really cool attachments for my arms (dear god imagine how fast I could take things apart.)
Lately, I’ve been able to start pursuing this. Kinda. More specifically I’ve been mulling over prosthetics, more specifically low cost ones, utilizing 3D printers, open source hardware and software, and possibly some elbow grease so to speak to make them move based on impulses given by the persons body. There are tons of these out there already, so this will not be me adding a new design to that pool. More of a tracking my process and hopefully giving insight to others who want to do the same.
Traditionally, tracking a muscular impulse is done using with an Electromyogram (EMG) which can be expensive and requires a lot of signal processing. Thank goodness I took a class called Signal Processing. But ya know what, that class was hard. That sounds like a lot of hard work. How could others without that class do the same?
Enter Myoware sensors made by Advancer Technologies LLC. These nifty little breakout boards are a small EMG sensor that can be hooked up to an Arduino or the like to get the data from it. What you do with the data is your own business.
What did I do with mine? Well, I was going to use it to show how strong I am and add pictures to my OkCupid but my boss told me that was unprofessional. Well fine. So now I’m using it to control a prosthetic arm. Eventually. See part 2 for what I’ve done so far.