There are quite a lot of start-ups now focussing on wearable devices and Ontario start-up Thalmic Labs is one of them. They have revealed their new gesture controlled armband Myo and is now available for pre-order. The Myo armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.
Using their proprietary EMG sensors, the Myo armband measures the electrical activity from your muscles to detect what gesture your hand is making. It also senses all of the motions and rotations of your hand and forearm through the 9-axis IMU. Currently the company is providing pre-set gestures that are easily recognizable. Third-party software developers will be able to determine what each gesture means within their application.
With the wave of your hand, it will transform how you interact with your digital world. The Myo armband works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It connects to these compatible technologies via a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connection. The Myo device has an on-board rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.
Here is a video on how Myo works.
Myo Developer Kits will begin shipping July 2014, with final Myo armbands to follow in September 2014. Key features of this wearable device include a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connection, proprietary muscle activity (EMG) sensors, an ARM processor, a 9-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, micro-USB charging, and haptic feedback.
You can pre-order it from here.