Well, telekinetic is only part of the story. Is telemusculokinetic a word too? Maybe that’s redundant. Remote control muscles? Yeah, let’s go with RC muscles. MYO armbands transform muscles–specifically the arm, or as I like to call them, the gun muscles–into remote controls that enable the wearer to interact hands-free with his or her digital world. With a MYO band in place at the elbow, users are able to harness the electrical activity of their muscles to wirelessly control devices such as computers, phones, video games, and app-centric toys.
Supporting both Windows and Mac operating systems, the MYO will basically make you the Jedi Master of presentations and Web browsing, zombie eradication gaming and music creation, and Quadricopter flights over Miranda Kerr’s house (during which your mad skills will both dazzle her and record her doing hot yoga in the nude.) Once activated, the MYO senses gestures and movements through both muscle activity and motion sensitivity. When a user’s arm muscles move, the band detects changes in hand gesture, down to individual fingers. When tracking the positioning in space of the arm and hand, it can detect subtle movements in all directions. Lag time between movement and detection are minimal. According to MYO’s creators, the device sometimes even seems to recognize a gesture before your hand makes it, since muscles higher in the arm activate slightly before the wiggle message reaches the fingers.
The MYO functions with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and includes on-board, rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, and an ARM processor. Supported platforms include Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices through Bluetooth Smart. Open APIs and free SDK are also available to developers.