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Meet the Man With a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm

I talked about Myo on that blog before. I’ve had fun playing with mine. It makes me very happy to see that there are great applications of that technology starting to emerge. Here is a great example:

Meet the Man With a Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm

To learn more about Myo, check my other posts on the topic.

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Counter-Strike Connector for Myo

Myo keeps getting better! They’ve just added a Counter Strike connector to the Market.

I’ll have to give it a try soon. The available gestures are limited so far and I assume it will be less precise than using a mouse for a while, but it’s worth giving it a try.

Counter Strike Myo gestures

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Myo: Control Plex without leaving your couch

Plex is awesome. It’s an important part of our media centre at home. When I started playing with Myo apps, I figured Plex should be my first stop. I set to develop a small desktop app that would allow me to navigate in Plex and play/pause movies from my couch.

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Connected: Myo, one more step towards Cyborg me

About 2 years ago, I stumbled across an interesting project: a team of developers from Ontario was developing an armband named Myo that would detect all muscle movements in your arm. It would then allow you to control all kinds of objects around you. Look at their demo video to find out more:

http://youtu.be/oWu9TFJjHaM

You’re sold, right? I was, too. I immediately pre-ordered one, and started imagining tons of potential uses for this thing.

Fast-forward 2 years, I finally received it! I’ve been playing with it for the past few weeks and it definitely has some potential. We’re still far from the demo video though: Thalmic (the company behind Myo) will need to get more developers involved to integrate Myo support for games, applications, and other gadgets. Still, it’s a nice little toy, and it could become very useful!

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I want to be connected!

Molly Millions, Neuromancer

I am a big fan of William Gibson: I like his books*, and the Cyberpunk World he created, where humans can be “upgraded” and can get better through technology.

I have always been attracted by new technologies, and ways to improve our every-day life. As a fan of science-fiction, and with a Biology background, I guess it’s normal for me to consider new technologies when thinking about the evolution of humans.

But until a few months ago, this was only science-fiction. Yes, I’d be one of the first to volunteer to get an implant behind my ear, or “implanted” glasses connected to Internet and to my brain. But the closest thing from this was Augmented reality. And I must say I wasn’t really convinced. I tried a few apps when AR started appearing in our smartphones, but nothing blew my mind like Google Glass and Myo.