How about wearable technology that can read a person's muscle movement and then use that data to control other devices?
Dubbed the MYO, this one-size-fits-all armband is a remote control of sorts. When worn on the body, it instantaneously reads the electrical activity of the muscles to track the movement of hands or fingers. This information then is sent wirelessly via Bluetooth to control a computer, smartphone, or almost any digital device.
"For the MYO, we are solving that fundamental question of how we can connect the real and the digital worlds, enabling us to actually do new things that weren't previously possible," Thalmic Labs co-founder and CEO Stephen Lake said in the video released Wednesday.
While the idea of controlling devices with a wave of the hand or a twist of the wrist is novel, it seems like there's plenty of room for accidental interpretation. As a way to abate some of this, Thalmic Labs did include an "on/off" gesture for devices, which shouldn't occur with natural hand movements.
The MYO costs $149 a pop and Thalmic Labs says it plans to have its first shipment of 25,000 MYO devices in people's hands by late this year. It's accepting pre-orders for a second shipment for early 2014.