Gustavo Brancante is working on a very interesting project that let you control a prosthetic arm with your muscle movement using open source technology with InMoov Hand (which can be 3D printed), Arduino Uno R3, and Olimex Electrocardiography electromiography shield (SHIELD-EKG-EMG). This is called a Myo-Electric Prosthesis.
Gabriel wrote a tutorial to use his “open arm” which I’ll summarize here.
On the hardware front, you’ll also need a UDP compatible Wifi Shield configured as a UDP server with a fixed IP in the same LAN as the smartphone, and 57600 bps.
Finally load the program below to your Arduino board:
Once everything is connected together, you should be able to do that:
The demo looks impressive, but this is still work in progress, and next step will be to use a four channel EMG instead of the single channel Olimex EMG shield to be able to detect more advanced movements.
Via Olimex Blog