“There is an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe.” – Daniel .H. Wilson.
Life can be difficult and disappointing when there’s no money. It leads to a difficulties and, for David Gathu and Moses Kinyua, this lack of money, caused them to drop out of college in year 4. Regardless, this did not dissuade them from learning as they continued reading on their own.
Growing up in Kenya, they saw the problems disabled people (Kenya has almost one million people without a limb ) faced in carrying out their daily activities. They decided to solve this problem with their invention of prosthetic arms. Yes, of course, prosthetic arms are nothing new the twist these Kenyan inventors added, however, is, these arms are controlled by your brain signals. Just think it and, it is done. (Whoaaa).
The bio-robotic prosthetic arm, controlled by brain signals, is the first of its kind. The patient would strap on the arm and wear on their head a Brain-Computer Interface. (BCI). The BCI allows direct communication between the brain and the machine. It converts the brain signals, amplifies, filters, and converts them to electronic current. This electric current is further pushed to the robot’s circuit. With this, the user’s thought is converted to robotic movement.
With this type of technology, people with disabilities would drive, switch on or off lights, and operate a computer by just thinking about it. The bio-robotic arm is light to wield and, health workers believe that this could positively transform the lives of disabled people.
Unfortunately, David and Moses are faced with the problem of lack of funding. They use wood, old computer components, plastics as raw materials. This has delayed the mass production of their prosthetic arm. (Africa oo.)
What David Gathu and Moses Kinyua are doing is absolutely beautiful. They want to give disabled people an opportunity to lead independent and easier lives. Hopefully, they get the funding they deserve.