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Y Combinator-Backed Thalmic Labs introduces MYO, an Armband for Gesture Control
(02-03-2013)
 
Y Combinator-Backed Thalmic Labs introduces MYO, an Armband for Gesture Control
 

Y Combinator-Backed Thalmic Labs introduces MYO, an Armband for Gesture Control

As stuff like Google Glass becomes mainstream, we’re going to see a lot more wearable computing devices around. One idea is to use gesture control, which would enable users to communicate with wearable computers without having to use a whole separate smartphone or other device to do so.

Y Combinator-backed startup Thalmic Labs developed a new device, called MYO, which is an armband worn around the forearm. Using Bluetooth, the armband can wirelessly connect to other devices, such as PCs and mobile phones, to enable user control based on their movements without directly touching the electronics.
“Before we graduated, we were interested in the area of wearable computing”, said reports. 

The first product they’ve developed is MYO, which uses a bunch of sensors and machine-learning technology to use the muscles in your forearm to determine what gestures users are making with their hands. Once it’s done that, users will be able to manipulate what’s happening on screen for different devices.

While it’s unclear how popular the MYO armband will actually be, there is a hope that other developers will help to create applications that make it more valuable. The company also appears to have some interesting IP that could be pretty valuable. It has already filed for a couple of patents, and has more filings on the way.