Thalmic Labs have created a whole new device to capture air gesture: Myo.
What’s really new here is that air gestures are no longer captured using cameras (like Microsoft Kinect, Intel RealSense, Samsung and so forth) but instead, using electromyography (EMG) which measures the electric impulses going through the arm and muscles.
This technique is far more accurate and precise. Moreover, as the user is wearing it, there is no need for installation so it can be used outdoor as well as we see with the skier in the above demo video. The video also shows a kid playing with – I guess – the Sphero robot ball.
Another video at TEDx which explains where this idea came from. These 3 young guys are definitely on the right track!
To my opinion, we’re having something here. We’ll discuss in future articles how we can capture intentions straight from the brain. But until this is reliable and not intrusive, I guess capturing electrical messages along our muscles will always remain the best compromise.
Of course, like any other devices that capture free air gestures, each app or game using it may offer various gesture codes. But at the end of the day, if the device meets its promise, plenty of apps will be created and will eventually come together to an agreement regarding the set of gestures. Pretty much like current smartphone games more or less offer the same interactivity (for instance, temple run, subway surfers, minion rush, etc).
This Thalmic Myo will be available first part of this year for $150, which is very inexpensive compared to other solutions that are far less reliable.