Waterloo-based startup Thalmic Labs announces the launch of their revolutionary gesture control device, MYO, an armband worn on the forearm that senses electrical activity in the muscles, allowing users to interact with digital technologies using just their fingers and hands.
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 in all directions. The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.
This is certainly some groundbreaking technology, since this is the first gesture control device that doesn’t require a camera. 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.
It also features a 6-axis inertial measurement unit. Thalmic will be launching a developer site with further information on APIs and integration soon. Their API will let developers utilize MYO’s sophisticated hardware to experiment, build and profit from amazing applications of MYO technology.
MYO is available for pre-order at getmyo.com for $149.00.