Thalmic Labs Flexes Its Gesture Control Arm in New Myo Demo Videos

With alpha units of the Myo now in the hands of developers, we are starting to really see the power of this game changing wearable come to life. To demonstrate what developers have been able to do so far, Kitchener-based startup, Thalmic Labs, have released two new videos that show the Myo in action.

Last week, Thalmic Labs released a quick peek at what some of the very first developers are doing with its gesture control armband. This video features five different applications showing how the Myo can be used in a wide variety of situations from gaming to robotics and even sign language translation.

Among the applications featured in the video is Kitchener’s Clearpath Robotics who have been successful at using the Myo to drive an unmanned robotic vehicle with their arms; Waterloo Computer Engineering Undergrad, Kevin Nause who used the Myo to control a DSLR camera (which could quite possibly be the ultimate hands-free selfie); and Technical Consultant, Tim Graupman, from Reactor Interactive who built a plug-in for unity-based game Sector 13, to use Myo in lieu of a traditional controller to fly a spaceship.

We caught up with Graupman and asked him why he was so excited about using Myo for gaming. “The Myo gives you true power,” Graupman told Betakit. “With the accelerometer and gestures I’m able to map to all the actions I had on the controllers. Yaw, Pitch, Roll, and gestures is everything you need to fly a starfighter”.

Thalmic’s most recent video shows what its in-house team was able to do with two Myos and popular virtual reality glasses, Oculus Rift. Using one Myo on each arm, the Thalmic team were able to create a unity-based experience that gives you working virtual arms when looking through the Rift, an experience Thalmic calls “magical”.

“One of the things we found early on, was when we put our arms in the same position as on the screen there was a weird magical moment where, just for a second, it felt like those were your arms that you were looking at,” explains Thalmic Lab software lead, Stefanus Du Toit. “Once we started adding motion to these, that illusion went from something that just lasted for a moment to something that lasted for the entire experience.”

With Myo Developer Kits expected to ship within the first half of this year we are sure to see more and more of these types of videos pop up on YouTube, both from Myo and from the developers themselves which is promising for those that are waiting for the final units to arrive mid-2014.


Tom Emrich

Sometimes called the “man from the future” Tom Emrich is a leading voice in wearable technology as an investor, community builder and influencer. His passion for this space is driven by his belief that wearable tech plays a critical role in our human evolution.

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