MYO Gesture Control Armband Makes You A Legit Jedi

Written by Mark Stevens on . Posted in Gadgets, Social Media, Technology


We’ve grown accustomed to camera based gesture control, but how about using the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies?

The MYO armband does just that.

The MYO, made by Thalmic Labs, works out of the box with things you already have – like your Mac or Windows PC. You can control presentations, video, content, games, browse the web, create music, edit videos, and so much more.

This one-size-fits-all device uses unique gestures that are unlikely to occur normally, enabling precision, mistake-free control.

How It Works

The MYO senses gestures and movements in two ways: 1) muscle activity, and 2) motion sensing. When sensing the muscle movements of the user, the device can detect changes in hand gesture right down to each individual finger. When tracking the positioning in space of the arm and hand, the device can detect subtle movements all directions.

The MYO uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to communicate with the devices it is paired with. It features on-board, rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, and a ARM processor. The MYO is outfitted with Thalmic’s proprietary muscle activity sensors. It also features a 6-axis inertial measurement unit.

You can preorder these now for $149, with shipments expected in late 2013.




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