Microsoft envisions a future where simple muscle movements like the wag of a finger could control any digital device.

Get ready to ditch the peripherals. Microsoft envisions a future where simple muscle movements like the wag of a finger, or even ‘smart’ clothes, could control any digital device. What if, for example, you could play Guitar Hero just by going through the motions of strumming an air guitar, albeit with a high tech twist?

A recent patent application from Microsoft outlines a system for controlling computers with a “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller”. In other words: a bunch of sensors that translate muscle movements into computer speak. It works because of the electrical signals created during muscle contraction. As the patent application explains:

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