Embodied HCI: Testing the Myo Gesture Control Armband

Marko Teräs – A Momentary Lapse of Reasonings

I have quite a neat field of study, I have to say. At the same time I can contemplate matters of the digital, but also try out latest tech that’s not even officially out there for consumers. Like this cool little thing called Myo, that hopes to be part of “building the future of human-computer interaction”.

Myo is a device that you put around your hand and use to control whatever on the computer. The device recognizes arm position and different gestures you perform with your hand (swipes, tap with fingers etc.).

Some current applications I’ve seen advertised are using it for presentations (flipping slides and stuff, yeah I know, rather boring perhaps), some games, and controlling tangible real life objects such as robots.

The installation of the device on Mac was quite fast, and syncing gestures worked quite well. In the initial tryout we also downloaded a Myo computer cursor integration. My…

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