Thalmic Labs’ Myo Armband Employs Unique Gesture Control Technology
Apart from Emotiv’s mind reading wearable tech, there’s another company doing a similar sort of thing; the only difference is that it does uses arm muscle activity and EMG signals instead of involving brain waves, to control digital devices.
Last year in February, a Canadian company called Thalmic Labs got swarmed by millions of potential customers after it released a teaser video regarding its Myo armband. The device seamlessly enables its user to control electronic devices around them by simple hand and arm gestures making it the first gesture-control technology of its kind.
Unlike a majority of gesture control and sensing devices that employ the use of cameras or voice commands, the Myo armband makes use of the electrical signals produced by the user’s arm muscles. This armband takes the electrical signal inputs, translates them into commands and lets the user wirelessly control and interact with computers and other digital consumer products via intuitive actions.
The company received a good response regarding their device preview. Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, called it “very cool and impressive.” The device preview video can be seen below.
The newer model is sleeker, significantly lighter and employs medical grade stainless steel instead of copper sensor pads, which were featured in its alpha version. The nifty device resembles a series of black rectangular shaped blocks held together via flexible rubber cables on the top and bottom, which can be adjusted accordingly based on the user’s arm size.
A comparison of both devices can be seen below:
Stephen Lake, CEO and Co-founder of Thalmic Labs, stated in the press release that:
Our team has put countless hours into creating the sleek design we’re showing today, as well as the technology inside of it. This final design is rugged, while also being lightweight, making it easy for the Myo armband to become a part of our everyday lives.
The blog, on the other hand, reveals the thinking process behind the newer version. It explains:
Many of the challenges that we had to overcome over the past six months stemmed from our determination to create a device that was thin, robust, and one-size-fits all. Having a single size that fits all adults is a very challenging goal given the variance in forearm sizes, but is one that we were passionate about achieving with this design.
In case it is not explicitly clear, the Myo armband is ready for pre-ordering. We’re really excited about getting our hands on one, which costs almost $150 a piece. Are you?