Gesture control has been around for quite some time but this is by far one of the coolest we’ve ever seen.
Unlike other gesture control devices, MYO measures the electrical activity in your muscles to send commands to the device you are interacting with. What’s more, MYO claims that it is compatible with all the technology that we already have, which includes the system you are using to view this article now.
The shipping dates are expected to be in late 2013, when by then they would have perfected the design of MYO, bringing us a truly seamless experience. What’s more, it ships worldwide!
The MYO is also designed to be a all size fitting devices thus making it available for anyone’s use.
Specifications (Currently known)
- Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
- On-board rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries
- ARM Processor
- Thalmic’s proprietary muscle activity sensors
- 6-axis inertial measurement unit
Now you may be wondering, what about accidental input? Our hands are not stagnant and are constantly moving. Well MYO has a very own “on/off” gesture that allows users to enable the device before performing the gesture. MYO also informs the user via haptic feedback (we’re guessing vibration) to know when it’s enabled and detecting motion.
MYO detects movement using two possibilities.
- Muscle activity
- Motion sensing
Muscle activity allows MYO to track your gestures up to each finger on your hand. This is just simply mind blowing as you can assign the smallest of gestures to aid you in doing your work. For example, changing a song instantly with a flick of your index finger.
Motion sensing is similar to iPhone’s gyroscope, whereby subtle movements and rotation in all directions are detected.
What about the lag time? Here’s something that would surprise you. The latency between your gestures and your brain might go into the negative range. As muscles are activated slightly before the fingers start moving, MYO is able to detect the gesture about the gesture actually happens! Sounds pretty much like a mind reader.
For developers who are interested in the APIs and documentation, Thalmic is still in the process of launching a developer site. In the meantime, we can only ponder about the possibilities of the MYO device.
For more information, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information here is referred from https://getmyo.com/faq