MYO: Ready for that Minority Report Experience?
Technology has certainly come a long way from the manual programming of certain devices and analog operations. This time, every thing seems to be wireless, and people are simply enjoying the conveniences brought about by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other innovative breakthroughs.
In the world of gaming, there are certainly a lot of gamers who have enjoying playing their favorite titles without having to worry about wires and cords getting in the way, specifically in devices such as the Playstation Move and Xbox Kinect. However, it shouldn’t be surprising to see so many companies looking to take these innovations a step further, with Thalmic Labs being the latest brand to implement a new kind of 3D movement control, all thanks to the MYO. Below are some additional details that should keep tech geeks’ appetites whetted.
No Buttons, Keyboard or Game Pads
MYO provides the user with the ability to control computers without the use of buttons, keyboards or game pads. In fact, it simply emulates the same thing that the movie “Minority Report” has showcased. While the Kinect and Playstation Move have relied on the use of infrared sensors to capture movement, the MYO actually utilizes motion sensing & muscular movement.
The Ultimate Armband
MYO is simply an armband which the user wears. It can detect any gestures performed and will send a corresponding signal to the device that it’s paired with. Thalmic Labs actually claims that every little muscle activity will result in a different outcome, thanks to the multiple sensors installed in the device itself. For those who thought that Tom Cruise looked cool flipping through several screens on his virtual interface while waving his arms in the air, this is the closest thing they can get to realizing it.
Everything Controlled with Just a “Swoosh”
One can simply witness the promotional video released by the company, which showcases people managing their iTunes playlist, playing video games and conducting presentations with just simple gestures. However, the one challenge that such a device encounters is the fact that it can only detect movement on just one arm. With optical based devices such as the Kinect or LeapMotion, one doesn’t get to deal with such a constraint.
Critics Say: “Good, But Not Quite There”
The MYO still has plenty of ways to go until it can reach its full potential. However, it is already up for pre-sale at a price of 149 dollars, to be shipped late this year. It’s only a matter of time until every one who’s a tech geek will determine if it does live up to the Minority Report-like experience.