Myo Armband Controller Just 149 Bucks
The Myo Armband controller from Thalmic Labs is now ready for preorder at just $149. First-person shooter takes on a whole new meaning when you're just using your forefinger.
(Myo Armband Controller Just 149 Bucks)
How does the Myo armband work?
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.
What does it work with?
The Myo armband works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It connects to these compatible technologies via a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connection.
What are the specs?
Key features 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.
Ian Banks mentions something similar in his 2004 novel The Algebraist in this passage about a muscle sensor interface:
The ship accelerated smoothly but moderately hard, creating a distant humming roar. Fassin had a little pad under his right forearm which sensed muscle movements there and adjusted the screen across from him - above from him, now, it felt, as the couch straightened out and the gee-suit supported him...
Earlier, in Harry Harrison's 1960 novel Deathworld, here's another reference:
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)
From Thalmic Labs; also Preorder Myo armband here.
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