Myo Gives You Superpowers, Control Drones And Computers With Bare Hands

Image: Thalmic Labs/YouTube

myo-gesture-recognitionShort Bytes: A Canada-based company Thalmic Labs has created an armband called Myo. It is a wearable tech which uses EMG and another bunch of sensors to tech hand gestures and then send them to a device via Bluetooth. The Myo armband can be used to deliver keynotes and control computers.

I woke up this morning to be blown away by this piece of hardware called Myo. However, this is not the first time I have come across such tech. Leap Motion is one such tech.

So, what is Myo and what it does?

Created by Thalmic Labs, Myo is a wearable tech in the form of a wristband. It connects via Bluetooth to a plethora of devices and allows the wearer to control them over the air.

Now, in the case of Leap Motion, there is a tiny device which senses your forearm movements using infrared cameras and LED lights. But Myo just wraps around your arm and detects your hand movements. It does so by detecting the electrical activity of your arm muscles using Electromyographic (EMG) sensors. Probably, that’s where the name Myo came from.

It also has a bunch of other sensors like gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer. The combined operation of these sensors and eight EMG sensors help Myo recognize your hand gestures.

Myo Tech Specs

Image: Thalmic Labs

It is powered by an ARM Cortex M4 processor and works with various versions of Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It also has haptic feedback sensors and two indicator LEDs. Its Li-ion battery lasts for a day after charging via the micro-USB interface.

The wristband can be used for various purposes like delivering keynotes, using a computer, playing games, etc. You can also control Parrot drones and various other devices. Thalmic Labs has also created an online store featuring apps which can be controlled using the Myo wristband. Find more information about Myo on its official website.

If you wish to buy MYO Armband, you can grab it from here.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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