What if you could control your devices with only your arm? Would you do it? We would! This is no longer a dream, you can do that now with the Myo Gesture Control Armband.
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Myo is created by Thalmic Labs and they were backed by some heavy investors. They were able to raise $14.5M to develop the Myo Gesture Control Armband and make it a success. So you can imagine, there’s quite some pressure on the company.
But let’s have a look at the features:
- Compatible Devices:• Windows 7 and up
• OS X 10.9 and above
• 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 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and up (device must have Bluetooth radio that supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE)
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.9 x 4.1 inches
- Item Weight: 9 ounces
- Batteries: 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Average Battery Life: 48 hours
- Reads the electrical activity of your muscles and the motion of your arm to let you wirelessly control technology with hand gestures and motion
- Find over 100 applications to control music, games, presentations, and more in Myo Market
- Map gestures to your keyboard for customized control
Ok, this is all nice and cool but it just a gadget right? It’s not something that is going to change the world? Well, it is actually changing some things in the world. The Myo is being used in professional environments:
Armin van Buuren, is using two Myo armbands to control the lights and stage effects during performances.
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Other examples are: The Myo armband is changing an amputee’s life by giving him control over a prosthetic hand, surgeons in operating rooms in are using Myo armbands to navigate medical slides while performing surgery and Researchers at Arizona State University are using Myo armbands to translate American Sign Language.
The Myo is already available on Amazon:
What’s included if you buy one?
• Myo Armband
• Standard Micro-USB Cable
• Bluetooth Adapter for Mac and Windows PC Connection
• Myo Sizing Clips
If you need some more info, please check out myo.com where you can find more videos about the use and the full list of apps & programs that are compatible with the Myo.