Using a computer mouse — and even using our fingers to tap on our phones — may be actions of the past sooner than you might think. Voice control is blowing up thanks to Apple’s purchase os Siri a few years ago, it’s subsequent integration into all things Apple (I’m loving it on the new Apple TV by the way) and the AI arms race that ensued between Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and others. But gesture-based control is another computing revolution that, while still in it’s infancy, is showing lots of promise.
One device in particular — the MYO Gesture Control Armband — is pretty mind-blowing when you realize the possibilities and potential. It’s an armband that can interpret muscle movements in the thick part of your forearm and turn them into signals your computer or phone can read.
In this review I’m going to get into what it can do, how well it works and how comfortable it is to use. At the end I’ll also give you a recommendation as to who should consider buying a MYO.
Uses and apps
The MYO is in early stages — that much is made plain by what the device can currently do which is a lot or a little depending on who you are. For teachers and presenters and owners of certain drones, the MYO is very useful and capable. For everyone else, it is a cool device with some interesting abilities but perhaps lacking of a killer feature (at least at the moment — I expect very big things to come from MYO in the future).
MYO’s most accessible feature at the moment seems to be controlling media via apps like Netflix, Spotify and iTunes. You can use MYO to play/pause and scrub through videos on YouTube as well.
MYO’s most useful function is the ability to control PowerPoint and Keynote presentations without the need for a “clicker” or mouse or a third-party to advance slides on your behalf.
MYO’s most fun application is probably piloting drones. With MYO you can control some Parrot and Sphero drones which makes a pretty awesome alternative to using a clunky handheld controller.
MYO also makes an interesting computer mouse. It’s an interesting use of the device, but not yet practical for everyday living and working. It’s just not as quick and precise ...