Myo ArmBand will enable you control devices without touching them

I’ve always loved how Tony Stark (Iron Man) achieves several tasks in his lab just by waving his wand hands, really cool i tell you, a Canadian firm has designed a tech that could enable you achieve something similar to that.

Myo Armband is a gesture controlled armband that automatically works with your devices such as your Windows PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, coupled with other features this new technology reads gestures and motion to let you control devices smoothly without even touching them, you want hi-tech? you got it! it moves further by allowing you to control video and music playback, lets you deliver presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slide, and Adobe PDF) in a stylish way, play games without holding a game-pad, search the web, switch between apps and even fly drones.

Designed and created by Canadian firm Thalmic Labs, Myo Armband is the first technology of its kind, it uses electromyography (EMG) sensors, EMG sensors senses the natural activity and motion of the muscles in the arm and works based on gestures. Even with patients without limbs this technology works just fine, the band uses the electrical impulses in the muscles of a lost limb to control the prosthetic arm without the need for additional input or tactile commands, this enables the patient use their new arm just by thinking.

Myo armband

Myo Armband uses electrical impulses in the muscles of a lost limb to control the prosthetic arm

Johnny Matheny, had lost his arm due to cancer, and has been assisting the team in the development of the Armband, he currently uses two armbands on the remains of his arm and a proshtetic that’s been connected directly to his skeleton. Data gotten from the Myos are sent to a controlling computer which then relays this information to Johnny’s new arm.

If Johnny’s case shows it is possible to directly turn thoughts into actions, then the future of human-computer interaction can achieve a new reality. While each person’s arm and mind may be different, this is an incredible example of how scientists, developers and engineers around the world have transformed lives using the Myo armband. That is why we have opened the SDK to third party developers to continue expanding applications users are interested in.

Stephen Lake
Co-founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs

I have always loved open source projects, that’s why i am impressed with the creators of the Armband, they have also made SDKs available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, giving you the freedom to build more applications and expanding its functionality.

The armband weighs 93 grams and its small (width 4.5 cm, height 8 cm, depth 8 cm) so it can fit in perfectly beneath most clothing. For now it retails at £179.49 and is available in via Amazon, and Bestbuy

Compatibility

  • The Armband is compatible with web based applications
  • Mac iOS (7.0 and higher) its also compatible with the following devices; iPad 3rd and 4th generation; iPad Air; iPad Air 2; iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus; iPod Touch 5th generation; iPad Mini 1st and 2nd generation; iPad Mini 3.
  • Android Compatibility (Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above with Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Mac OS X Compatibility (OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and above; With included USB Bluetooth adapter)
  • Windows PC Compatibility (Windows 7; Windows 8; Windows 10; With included USB Bluetooth adapter and OpenGL 2.1 or higher)
  • Compatible App Stores; Myo Market; Apple iTunes; Google Play

Power

The Armband has a built in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, charges via micro-USB and can last up to a day per charge.

For now the Armband does not support Blackberry and Windows Phone

This looks great, with it i could probably build an empire just like Stark’s, who knows, maybe the Myo Armband was underneath his suit.



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