Andy Sigler

[System-Design] Cyborg Arm

by Andy Sigler on April 4, 2013

Our project has two paths that are about to merge, one being the WREX exoskeleton, and the other being the muscle stimulation. The WREX has taken up most of our time, and we we now have a design to start building a working model off of. Last week, we sanded down our thoughts on how […] more…

Lit Review (w/ Will C. and Carl J.)

by Andy Sigler on March 4, 2013

For my part of the lit review, I found this project called Possessed Hand, which came out of the University of Tokyo in 2010. The project used an arm strap, worn around the foreman, which contained 24 electrodes for stimulating the muscles of the hand and wrist. The goal of the project was to control […] more…

Ideas for Research

by Andy Sigler on February 26, 2013

I’m drawn towards using the conductivity of our bodies to either stimulate muscles or senses, or muscle and body activity as an input. A few of the students here this past semester have been working on a sensor called the Touche. It measures the capacitance of any conductive body or object along a frequency sweep, […] more…

Frank Wilson and the Human Hand

by Andy Sigler on February 4, 2013

After a quick search for biomechanics and music, I came across the neurologist Frank Wilson, who is known for his work involving the human hand as it relates specifically to musicianship. His 1998 book “The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture” seems to have been well received, and if I […] more…