A hands-free gesture device

Forget about Kinect that limits gestures to a fixed location (i.e., your living room), Myo is a muscle-gesture wristband that is a completely hands-free gesture input devices. This product looks a lot like the muscle-gesture computing that came out of Microsoft Research a few years back. Nonetheless, it's pretty cool.

"In the future we’re all going to be robot-human hybrids with the help of wearable computers. We’ve already seen Google Glass, the search giant’s augmented-reality glasses, and now the latest Y Combinator startup to come out of stealth, Thalmic Labs, is giving us a wrist cuff that will one day control computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, and remote-control devices with simple hand gestures.

Unlike voice-detecting Google Glass, and the camera-powered Kinect and Leap Motion controller, Thalmic Labs is going to the source of your hand and finger gestures – your forearm muscles. “In looking at wearable computers, we realized there are problems with input for augmented-reality devices,” says Thalmic Labs co-founder Stephen Lake. “You can use voice, but no one wants to be sitting on the subway talking to themselves, and cameras can’t follow wherever you go.” Continue reading on Wired.

Image from Myo.


A suit that alters your world

Designer Maxence Parache has created Hyper(reality), which alters the perception of our environment using an augmented reality helment, an interactive glove and a Microsoft Kinect system. The experience allows you to navigate through a 3D environment as if you're in an entirely new world.

The experience is composed of a helmet with high definition video glasses, an Arduino glove with force sensors that controls the 3D view, and a harness for the kinect sensor. Designed and implemented for museum curation, Hyper(reality) allows the user to experience the architecture and various collections in an immersive and multi-sensory way.

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Growing light

[gallery] I instantly fell in love with this project by Jordy Rooijakkers (TU/e Industrial Design) for Philips Lumiblade Creative Lab, which is a Growing Light that responds to touch. Caress the light or tap it gently and it reacts by subtly transforming into a new illuminating form.

In the wearable tech field, designers have been exploring this type of physical transformational behavior in garments. A few include the following. However, I have yet to see any explorations that incorporate movement AND light in this way.

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Wireless display in your contacts

[gallery]Technology from STMicroelectronics for a Swiss medical startup points the way to integrating a display in a contact lens. The lens includes a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna and mechanical support for additional read-out electronics Not only does the lens integrate display possibilities, it's aimed to enable better management of glaucoma that is tailored to the individual patient.

We have a strong focus on developing and manufacturing wireless sensor networks for diagnostics and other applications in medicine. This wireless, self-powered, on-body sensor will be used in a product that promises to greatly help the millions of people at risk and suffering from glaucoma. Sensimed’s imaginative application perfectly illustrates how, by working with healthcare experts, we can combine two different disciplines and know-how, along with our manufacturing infrastructure, to improve the health and wellbeing of people all over the world.

Said by Benedetto Vigna, General Manager of STMicroelectronics’ MEMS, Sensors and High Performance Analog division.

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