- Innovative ways of controlling devices
- Large array of sensors
- Supported by many applications
- Sometimes inaccurate
- Not user-friendly
- Mostly uncomfortable
What is Thalmic Myo Armband?
If you’re a big fan of sci-fi films, you might have dream of getting those gesture-controlled devices. There is something with waving and bending your arms that makes it awesome. This is exactly what Myo does.
The Thalmic Myo Armband analyzes the muscles in your arms and then uses it to control things just by moving them. You can control your smartphone, your speakers, and even the Powerpoint presentations. You can even run through a movie just with the Myo.
Since Myo is an open API, many creators have used it to create controls for almost any sort of things. It is an exciting product that lets us have a look at what developments can there be in the future.back to menu ↑
- Reads muscle electricity and motion for wireless technology control
- 100+ apps to control games, music, presentation, and more
- Customized control by mapping gestures
- Open APIs for home automation, drones, and VR
- Works with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS through wireless connection
How Does It Work?
The Myo makes use of medical grade stainless steel electromyographic sensors (EMG). These sensors measure and analyze the electrical activity of the muscles. A little fun fact: In Greek, Myo means “muscle”.
Other technologies have been using EMG for the past years now like prosthetic limbs. Myo uses EMG along with a nine-axis IMU with three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, and three-axis magnetometer.
These sensors work together with a tiny ARM Cortex M4 processor. All these technical terms lets you do all the work that Myo can provide.
The sensors are contained inside eight plastic shells that are joined by a flexible band. This means that it can fit to any arm size. Also, the elastic band allows the sensor to come in tight contact with your skin so that it can study accurate feedback to devices it is connected with. The connection is through Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartphone or PC.
The Myo’s tightness fit to the skin causes skin imprints that are uncomfortable. It also becomes itchy especially if your skin is the type to sweat a lot.
Ease of Use
SSetting up the Myo and using it are very complicated things. It needs patience and perseverance to learn how to use it.
First, you need to set up the Myo Armband Manager software on your PC and Mac. The guide will run you through the set up where you need to connect the Myo and the Bluetooth adapter to the computer.
Setting up Myo on your phone is a different area and it would be much easier. As long as you pair it via Bluetooth, it will then be easy to use it to control other apps.
There have been reports of Myo being inaccurate. Most of the time, PC apps are more susceptible to this inaccuracy.
The “custome gesture profile” is a bit disappointing. It doesn’t allow you to create new gestures but rather assign work to pre-made gestures. With that being said, Myo isn’t a great tool for work that needs precision. It loses its accuracy as the apps and icons become smaller. The preset gestures also seem to counteract each other.
While Myo isn’t a great precision tool, it can be a cool tool for other application and uses. Among the things that Myo is great for includes:
- Presentation Mode. The Myo can let you control a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation using gestures. The gestures need not to be precise. This works well as you only need a few controls for a presentation.
- Myo Netflix Connector. With the Myo, you can control the volume, skip forward and backward with your video player, be it on Netflix or VLC.
- Myo Spotify/iTunes Connector. Just like the video controllers, Myo also lets you to the same with your music streaming apps.
- Gaming. If you’re a big fan of games, you might appreciate that Myo lets you use Connectors of a couple of smartphone and PC games for a more active and interactive gaming experience.
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Myo isn’t for everybody. It certainly isn’t for people who are working with precision. But, it is for people who like to be able to take control without a lot of things on their hands. It may not be that perfect yet, but Myo is certainly a step towards the future.back to menu ↑