Thalmic Labs has followed through on its commitment to begin shipping Myo, its gesture control armband. According to the CBC, Thalmic has received over 40,000 pre-orders for the wearable device at $149 each. Though the units shipping out now are Myo Developer Kits, intended for software developers, the consumer version of the Myo will begin shipping in September.
In our hands-on and interview with Stephen Lake, Thalmic’s co-founder and CEO, stated, “We want to take our time and make sure that we spend time with the developers now to get the user experience right and don’t rush too soon to the general consumer, which is a mistake that we have seen before with new technologies. The adoption of new technology, especially one like ours, requires applications and software and different people to work with us. It’s important that the developers are engaged and part of the process and so we have chosen to focus on them first.”
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.