MYO – Gesture Control Armband

February 27, 2013

Frequent readers of this blog know I am a big proponent of where Natural User Interface (NUI) can and will take technology.  So you can imagine how excited I was to come across MYO – a gesture control armband.   MYO measures the electrical activities in your forearm and uses the data to interface with computers.   Snapping, hand wave, hand stop, up, down – are all new sign languages to replace point and click mouse interfacing. 

Even better, the MYO developers know the uses of this type of NUI are endless, so they are releasing an API kit.  Brilliant!  I believe those developers who can think beyond the one dimensional UI plane and incorporate NUI into depth perception will uncover a goldmine.  When I can use my hands to reach beyond the flat surface of a UI and construct a CAD drawing, or perform a simulated medical procedure NUI will have arrived. When I can flick my wrist and make annoying peoples go away… OK maybe that's going too far.

MYO is available for pre-order for $149.  I am not a 100% sold on this approach to market by new technology companies, as I've heard too many failed attempts at delivery via the crowd-funding platforms.  However I do wish MYO the best of luck. Make it into the mainstream! This is a great step forward in NUI.

Pre-order: $149

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