Thalmic announces smart glass compatibility with Myo gesture control arm band

Thalmic Labs has partnered with Google Glass, Recon Jet, Epson Moverio, and software companies to bring gesture control to smart glasses via the Myo arm band.

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The Myo gesture control arm band -- which uses the electrical impulses from your muscles as input for control options -- may have been delayed until September 2014, but it it's going to have a wider range of applications packed in.

Designer and Thalmic Labs has just announced that Myo's gesture control is now going to be compatible with a range of smart glasses, including Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio, with an eye towards the workplace -- particularly construction, healthcare and active outdoor work.

"We're big fans of wearable tech of all shapes, sizes, and uses. These new displays have created a need for new interfaces -- and that need is an opportunity we've seized upon when developing the Myo armband. The wrist and arm are the hot spots for wearables right now, but look out -- literally -- smart glasses and heads up displays are going to be huge!" Thalmic Labs' Alex Kinsella wrote on the company blog.

And on the official website, the company wrote, "Myo + Smartglasses equips deskless workers with the computing and communication power they never had, all with the flick of a wrist. By integrating the Myo armband, workers can stay focused on the task at hand while reliably interacting with smart glasses through simple and natural gestures."

Thalmic Labs has partnered with several companies to create software for various applications. Developer APX Labs has built software for outdoor field work; Augmedix has created software for doctor-patient interactions in the health care field; Bridgit has created software for construction workers; and Recon has built a platform for deskless workers such as bike couriers.

You can get an overview of how the two devices might work together in the video below, and the company has posted a series of videos on its YouTube channel for a more in-depth look at each application. You can also check out a compatibility chart on the Thalmic Labs blog post.

 

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