Guitarion concept helps hemiplegics make music!

by Gavril Mankoo

Strumming songs on a guitar with a single hand has never really been attempted before and the folks at the Chiba University’s Graduate School of Engineering have nearly perfected a way to do so! Particularly designed for hemiplegics, people with unilateral paralysis caused by a stroke or other such reasons, the Guitarion concept simply requires you to hold a chord with a single hand, while keeping the guitar in place with a user’s non-paralyzed side. To strum, the Guitarion concept uses a solenoid hooked up to a footswitch which can be operated by moving one’s foot across the six buttons, one for each string. This enables the user to simply strum the Guitarion with his or her feet, literally, and hold a chord with the unaffected hand!

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