Chris Ashton

dai11y 07/10/2021

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This Brazilian pianist uses ‘bionic gloves’ to play

  • Pianist João Carlos Martins lost the use of his right hand in a mugging in Bulgaria in 1995.
  • Industrial designer Ubiratan Bizarro invented the “Bionic Extender Gloves”, which have rods that make the fingers spring back up after they depress the piano keys, allowing the pianist to continue playing.
  • The first pair of these gloves for Martins cost less than $100 to make, and are made by a 3D printer.
  • It has meant that Martins has been able to play his favorite Bach sonatas once more.

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