Muscle activity-based gesture control enables wireless control of devices with fingers and hands alone
The $149 Myo is supplied as a wearable armband that fits over the user’s forearm and lets them control a computer or computer-controlled device wirelessly by hand and arm movements alone by reading electrical signals produced in the muscles of the user’s arm and cross referencing this data with a 9-axis inertial measurements unit (IMU), which includes a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer. It is powered by an on-board rechargeable lithium ion battery.
Potential applications include business presentations, gaming, remote control, healthcare, safe industrial machinery and automation control, and assisted-living products for the elderly or disabled.
"As a company, we’re interested in how we can use technology to enhance our abilities as humans — in short, giving us ‘superpowers’." explains Stephen Lake, co-founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs on the motivation behind Myo. "We’re excited to see how the Myo blurs the lines between us and digital technology."
The Myo is available to pre-order now from www.thalmic.com for shipping in 2014.