PossessedHand To Help Play Any String Instrument Like An Expert

This involves your ‘PossessedHand’ picking the right notes. Sounds creepy, doesn’t it? Apparently, this device works exactly the way it sounds.

A non-invasive (external to the physical body) device, named PossessedHand, is under works that takes control of the user’s hand by electrically simulating the muscles in the forearm to move the user’s fingers. A belt is worn around the user’s forearm, which is further connected to a controlling device. This device is intended to help budding musicians play the right notes with plucking the right strings.

An illustration of PossessedHand’s working mechanism

Possessedhand is being jointly developed by the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Sony Computer Science Laboratories. For now, it’s PossessedHand is only capable of instructing and training the user’s fingers to perform the right finger movements rather than actually plucking them.

  • I actually think this is really cool. The more technology evolves and the scientists can create devices like this, the easier it will be to adapt better hand prosthetics. They already have something similar but the delicacy of a fine motor skill is often difficult to achieve with a prosthesis. I can’t wait to see how this adapts in the future!