How many times can you remember seeing Tony Stark flick images across a virtual screen with just the slightest motion of a wave? Well apparently that kind of technology will no longer be just a piece of science fiction. Stephen Lake, Aaron Grant and Matthew Bailey have come up with a revolutionary new way of using motion sensitivity to control technology. Their company is called Thalmic Labs are their prized possession has been titled Myo.
What makes Myo stand out from the other motion sensitive gadgets out there? Like Xbox’s Kinect, it does not require the use of a camera. Instead the device is shaped like a cuff and is worn on the users forearm. The founders claim the unit works by monitoring electrical signals produced by the muscles in your arm. The arm band then sends the signal to your chosen device via Bluetooth 4.0. The team gathered tons of data about the way the muscles in the arm move and then inputted it into a software creating a new computer interface.
Grant is at E3 in Los Angeles this week, in hopes of getting game studios interested in incorporating the armband for new games in development. Though Myo was officially unveiled in February last year, the band is now complete. It is now thinner and lighter than it was last year and has a new one size fits all feature that should fit any user age 12 and up.
According to the New York Times, Aaron has said that he has been in contact with some 10,000 game developers who are interested in incorporating the new motion sensitive technology. According to CNN, Thalmic Labs sees all sorts of uses for the device: from controlling slides in business presentations, to playing video games, or playing or pausing videos on your laptop when your hands aren’t near the keyboard. As of now, the device can be pre-ordered for $149. A pre-order secures that you will receive your band in September. A wide release is expected before the 2014 holiday season.
Photo: Thalmic Labs / Myo