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Armband Lets Wearer Control Devices With The Wave Of Their Hand

MYO is a gesture control gadget that reads the electrical activity in the user's muscles and translates this into commands.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on February 26, 2013.

MYO is an armband that lets you control computers, phones, and other devices with simple gestures. It aims to transform how people interact with the digital world.

Developed by Canadian startup Thalmic Labs, MYO enables the wearer to use the electrical activity in their muscles for wireless control. It can recognize around twenty different gestures, such as the tap of a finger, the wave of a hand, or the flick of a wrist.

Armband Enables Wearer To Control Devices With The Wave Of Their Hand

It is able to measure the electrical activity instantly using embedded electrodes, and provides a seamless way to interact with technology. The armband monitors a user’s muscles as they contract or relax and transmits this information to software that translates the movements into specific commands.

New Scientist reports that MYO’s creators see it as an easy way to interact with web browsers, video games, small drones, and more. A limited number is due to be released later this year, at a price of $149. The armband will be accompanied by software that allows any Windows or Mac computer to recognise gestures such as a vertical swipe to scroll up and down a webpage or a pinch to zoom in. You can check out the video below to see MYO in action:

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