The Myo Armband Wants To Kill Your Computer Mouse

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Thalmic Labs has developed an arm band that can measure muscle movement and translate it into computer motion controls. | Thalmic Labs

The Internet is falling hard for a new hands-free gadget that lets you control your computer without a mouse.

A startup called Thalmic Labs is on the verge of releasing the Myo, an armband that allows you to interact with a computer through motion commands. Sensors in the device measure the motion and electrical activity of a person's arm, allowing it to figure out the specific hand gesture someone is making.

The device will come with a few handy preprogrammed commands, such as a mouse click, a double click and scroll, according to MIT Technology Review.

The one-size-fits-all armband is supposed to work with Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices. It is currently available for pre-order for $149 and will ship in September.

While motion-tracking technology isn’t anything new, it’s worth noting that the Myo armband differs from, say, the Microsoft Kinect, because it does not have a camera constantly watching your movements. The tech website Digital Trends said that the Myo “makes using Kinect look like drunk charades.”

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The Myo armband comes in both black and white.

Excited? You're not the only one.

Thalmic Labs’ website says a comprehensive list of compatible apps and programs will be released to the public soon.

"We're building the future of human-computer interaction and we're excited about how new computer interfaces will shape our lives," a Thalmic spokesperson told The Huffington Post in an email. "For us, the Myo armband is a first step down a long path in that direction."

Check out the Myo in action in this concept video from below:

[h/t Unilad]

 
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