Thalmic Labs' Myo is a gesture control armband that works out of the box with things you already have like your Mac, Windows PC, iPhone and Android. The Myo Armband uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to communicate with the devices it's paired with so you can control presentations, video, content, games, and so much more! It features on-board, rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries, an ARM processor, our proprietary muscle activity sensors and a 9-axis inertial measurement unit.
The first MYO units aren’t expected to ship until the early part of 2014, but in the meantime Thalmic Labs has launched a developer program to expand the number of apps available to users at launch. Anyone who is selected for the scheme will gain early access to the various MYO APIs and early product documentation; a “very select group” will also receive pre-production armbands sometime this summer.
It’s therefore up to third-party developers to integrate dual-MYO support for their various apps. It’s a difficult decision – supporting two armbands exclusively could help to differentiate an app and improve user uptake – but it could also sideline a number of users that only own a single device. If programmers decide to support both single and dual-MYO armbands, however, the resulting app could also be rather half-baked or unfocused.
Using two MYOs at once has clear benefits for a number of different areas of modern computing though, including video games, 3D modeling and music creation. It’ll be interesting to see what developers come up with in the months ahead.