This is the final design for Thalmic Labs’ MYO gesture-control armband

Ian Hardy

June 10, 2014 9:57am

Thalmic Labs’ Myo gesture-control armband has been in development for a long time, and the Waterloo-based wearable company has now unveiled its final design.

Gone is the look of a bulky armband and in its place is a piece of technology that screams “future”. For those who order the Myo you’ll be welcomed with a series of rectangular blocks connected together by slim lines, almost “half the thickness” of the original prototypes.

Myo is aiming to disrupt the way we interact with computing through the use of gestures. Myo uses the kinetic energy and motion stored in your arm to move and execute applications on Bluetooth connected devices, be it a tablet, smartphone, computer, camera or even the Oculus Rift VR headset.

The Myo armband is available to pre-order for $149 and is expected to ship to developers next month and for the general public sometime this fall (used to have targeted for sale date of “mid-2014).

Update: Thalmic has posted a note on their blog with some specs of the go-to-market MYO armband. Thalmic also noted that “We’ll begin shipping out pre-orders for the Myo Developer Kits next month, with final Myo units shipping this September.”

  • 93 grams
  • 11.5mm thick
  • Medical Grade Stainless Steel
  • come in black and white
  • ARM Cortex M4 Processor
  • Haptic feedback
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Nine-axis IMU containing: three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis magnetometer
  • Micro-USB charging
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery


Source: Thalmic Labs
Via: TNW

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    Did you guys mean mid 2015 by any chance?

    • Eduardo

      Came here to ask the same, they already missed the “mid-2014.” mark if developers are getting it next month

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero


    • Rio

      Developers get it next month and general public in the fall.

      The original timeline said, the general public was to get it mid-2014 but that has changed to the fall.

    • frayer

      what a useless product by a bunch of nerds who think they will be bought out by apple or google – lmao. useless company.

    • Rio

      Useless? If what they have done works well, it is quiet remarkable and uses are limitless.

    • Jakob

      Ignore the i****s… they’re like weeds.

  • Rio

    I am still impressed by the price of $149. A fair amount of R&D & Testing would have needed to go into a project like this.

  • Stephen_81

    I want one, I don’t need one, but I want one, I have resisted pre Ordering and will keep resisting. I just have to type this every time I read about it , move along

  • Marc Ray

    This is really innovative! I just watched the video on their site.

  • Bri Bru

    What would be some typical tasks that you’d perform with this device on?

  • HeyYoWL

    This looks pretty neat, but I can’t seem to find a list of programs that this is compatible with so far. Does it work automatically with various programs? In particular I’m interested in control of media and presentations myself.