Bali welding workshop owner I Wayan Sumardana suffered a stroke six months ago, which paralyzed his left arm. Using bits and pieces from his workshop, the vocational high school graduate cobbled together an arm brace.
It is attached to a head gear that he claims allows his thoughts to energize motion in his paralyzed arm. Although his invention has no scientific backing, it has made him a local media celebrity, and he is now known as the “Iron Man”.
Sumardana developed a bionic arm from scrap and used metal parts, to help him keep working as a welder. The bionic arm functions by using signals from electrodes connected to Sumardana’s scalp. The welder managed to create it using knowledge acquired during studies at a vocational school as well as searching on the Internet.
And for those who have doubts in his creation, he’s inviting them to come and visit his welding shop and he is happy to show that his robotic arm is very simple and not sophisticated.