Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arm Forces

Control the whole world with the Myo armband


Along with Laser Discs, Blockbuster, and Jean-Claude Van Damme's career, the remote control has now gone the way of the dodo.

You can thank a new magic-making device called Myo, a simple-looking armband with which you can control just about all the tech in your life, from computers to phones to flying AR Drones.

Think Xbox Kinect without the cameras, plus a triple dose of Jedi Force. Go watch this demo video, and let your mind be effing blown.

Myo contains an inertial measurement unit, a shmancy six-axis accelerometer that senses rotation and up-down movements. The device also measures the electrical activity of your muscles, so it can tell when you flex, snap, or karate chop, and translate those movements into commands.

You can use it to control iTunes, browse the Web, or direct a host of gadgets remotely. Both Mac and Windows are supported out of the box, with iOS and Android support coming in the future.

And just in case you're worried that you might inadvertendly start up your wood chipper by doing your PDX routine, Myo uses a unique on/off gesture that can't easily be replicated by accident.

But beware the Dark Side. We sense an overwhelming urge to never leave the couch again.


Price: $149 here
Availability: Preorder now, ships fall 2013

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