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Muscle-Computer Interface Video

An interesting video on Microsoft's muscle-computer interface; the idea is under development in conjunction with the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Toronto.

The basic idea is simple, as I reported in my earlier article Muscle-Controlled Interface Is Hands-Free:

A band of electrodes attach to a person's forearm and read electrical activity from different arm muscles. These signals are then correlated to specific hand gestures, such as touching a finger and thumb together, or gripping an object tighter than normal...


(Muscle-Computer interface video)

Thanks to Ashley's comment, and some material on Winchel Chung's sf sidearms page, I found a new reference in Harry Harrison's 1960 novel Deathworld:

Here, take your left hand and grasp an imaginary gunbutt. Tense your trigger finger. Do you notice the pattern of the tendons in the wrist? Sensitive actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist. They ignore all patterns except the one that says hand ready to receive gun...
(Read more about Harry Harrison's power holster)

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