It is funny how years later the interfaces from Minority Report seem to be the gold standard so many companies keep trying to chase after. Recently we have seen technologies from Xbox Kinect to the Leap Motion trying to find ways to bring touchless gesture control to market. One of the biggest stumbling blocks has been that these technologies have been tied to a location like your TV with Kinect or they just haven’t been really thought out enough like the lack of a consistent gesture ecosystem with the Leap controller. I recently saw the Myo Armband which was shown off at Tedx Toronto in September and looks like it might be the first one to really be able to bring touchless gesture control to life.
Myo armband senses both muscle activity using EMG sensors and motion sensing using a 9-axis IMU to seamlessly interpret what your hands and fingers are doing, and transmits that information to your favourite digital devices. It communicates through a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connection and the hardware is made up of 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.
I think this is such an exciting looking technology because it is the first device like this that I have seen that frees you to use the technology anywhere and it can work with a wide variety of devices in a wide variety of scenarios which can be seen in their video above. It is currently schedule to be released in mid-2014. I have already pre-ordered one and will be fascinated to see if this is a product that has real potential to change our digital future or if it is just another device that makes for a cool launch video but not much more.