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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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MYO Armband to Bring Gesture and Muscle-Recognition Control to Macs




Thalmic Labs has announced a $149 armband called MYO that detects motion and muscle movements to allow control of a Mac, PC, or other device using gestures (via The Next Web).

The demo video shows someone scrolling by waving two fingers in the air (mimicking the standard OS X trackpad gesture), snapping fingers to start iTunes playing, rotating a fist to increase the volume, holding up a hand in a 'stop' motion to pause a video, gesturing backwards to rewind a video and snapping fingers to play the video. The demo also illustrates a variety of other uses for the device, from delivering a presentation to controlling a remotely-operated vehicle.

Unlike Microsoft Kinect, no camera is required, but the armband approach means it will work only with gestures made with one hand rather than detecting whole-body movements.
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Very cool and impressive. I hope this finds its way into our future soon - Steve Wozniak
MYO, which connects via Bluetooth, claims to work out of the box with Mac and Windows machines with APIs promised for iOS and Android developers.

The MYO is available to pre-order with limited quantities available for a late 2013 launch.

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:35 AM   #2
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Sheer raging awesomeness.
.... will be smaller. IMO.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:38 AM   #5
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Looks good, but I really don't find it useful. I'd rather touch my touchpad.
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minority report, here we go! :P
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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minority report, here we go! :P
I was thinking same thing, this is awesome
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:57 AM   #8
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Anyone know if there's something this to track your exercise habits? Something like this meets Nike+ Fuelband? Some exercises don't focus on the movements but pulling/pushing/holding weights. Could give a more accurate picture how you workout. Could track things like push-ups, weight-lifting, gymnastics or something. Just a thought
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Anyone know if there's something this to track your exercise habits? Something like this meets Nike+ Fuelband? Some exercises don't focus on the movements but pulling/pushing/holding weights. Could give a more accurate picture how you workout. Could track things like push-ups, weight-lifting, gymnastics or something. Just a thought
I think they said the API is open so it's possible to integrate into apps.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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minority report, here we go! :P
Hell yes! Want! And it's about damn time too.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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I just think it's interesting that everybody hated the idea of a iWatch, and then this comes along it's totally amazing. This just underlines the point that people struggle to redefine preconceived conceptions about how something works. I'm not saying Apple will combine this with the iWatch so mooted, but the point is that they could be doing anything and that anything could be amazing. So, what am I saying? Hmmm, that rumour and speculation are pointless :-) Listen up guys.
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minority report, here we go! :P
You'll get your exercise while you compute.

They said the actors in that moving got worn out while filming those scenes and had to take lots of breaks.
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minority report, here we go! :P
Or NCIS:LA.

I a long time ago thought of a similar idea. Like around 2000. And called it "Air Touch". And sure this is in it's infancy but in the future this could become big.
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It's awesome, but I'm curious as to how it interprets intended motions vs. accidental input. The clip of the snowboarder is particularly humorous. The arms are flailing around but at some point it recognizes that a little flip of the wrist means "change track."

This is not an insurmountable technological hurdle, but I'd be curious to hear how the developers address it. It could be a deal breaker if every time I scratch my butt it shares my current status to Twitter.
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It's awesome, but I'm curious as to how it interprets intended motions vs. accidental input. The clip of the snowboarder is particularly humorous. The arms are flailing around but at some point it recognizes that a little flip of the wrist means "change track."

This is not an insurmountable technological hurdle, but I'd be curious to hear how the developers address it. It could be a deal breaker if every time I scratch my butt it shares my current status to Twitter.
Good point...
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I guess that starting my metal playlist will be easier now.
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 08:46 AM   #18
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Unlike Microsoft Kinect, no camera is required,
now that's innovation right there. cool!!

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ha, they really know their target markets.

edit : apple should buy this company right away.
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Awesome

Damn, who needs a touch screen mac


This is so awesome , time to saved up more.
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It's awesome, but I'm curious as to how it interprets intended motions vs. accidental input. The clip of the snowboarder is particularly humorous. The arms are flailing around but at some point it recognizes that a little flip of the wrist means "change track."

This is not an insurmountable technological hurdle, but I'd be curious to hear how the developers address it. It could be a deal breaker if every time I scratch my butt it shares my current status to Twitter.
Perhaps you have to say "Computer" or push a button before this thing reacts to your moves.
Another hurdle could be that every human is different anatomically.
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Unlike Microsoft Kinect, no camera is required, but the armband approach means it will work only with gestures made with one hand ...
Yes, but imagine the possibilities for the porn industry. Only one hand needed.

Seriously though. Very cool technology that will only expand human-device interaction.
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As a kid I wanted the power glove for my nintendo so bad I saved forever to get it. What a let down. The thing was so hard to control and my arm, wrist, and hand got so tired so quickly it wasn't practical at all. I tried and tried to get used to it but never could. Technology has come a long way since then but I wonder if the core problems are still the same.

For those of you who don't know what the power glove is:
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This tech would be great in prosthesis.
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