How Electromyography May Change Your Life

05/25/2011 03:10 pm ET

Wayne Kurtzman shares mind-blowing information that broke last weekend about a patent filed by Microsoft that attempts to use human body muscles to activate electronic equipment.

In other words, imagine you are walking to your car carrying several bags of groceries. If you don't have a cart and need to open your trunk, you need to lay the bags down to find your keys. What if you could flex a fist and if a certain preprogrammed muscle is activated, the trunk automatically opens? It's called electromyography and involves using muscles to send electrical impulses to computers.

Right now, we visit websites and use mobile device applications to send status updates to our friends and colleagues. Imagine if the update is sent by, oh, the twitching of an eyebrow? Got any other ideas to use electromyographical advances to improve your personal and corporate lives?

For more information, you may be interested in learning more about the 7-person team at Microsoft Research working on this project.

Note: The above previously appeared here at AriWriter.