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Announcing the Myo Developer Kit: Now Available for Pre-order

Announcing the Myo Developer Kit: Now Available for Pre-order

Today, we’re introducing the Myo Developer Kit! The Myo Developer Kit is a way for developers and early adopters to start building great applications with the Myo armband ahead of the final release to consumers. The kit consists of a full core hardware version of Myo, to pair with the core APIs and documentation which will be available on our developer portal.

The reason for providing this option is because we want to get a Myo unit in the hands of developers as soon as possible, and don’t want to wait until all of the final consumer software is ready. We will be actively working with those who pre-order developer kits to refine the software experience for the final version. While we don’t anticipate making changes to the core hardware between the Myo Developer Kit and the final version of the Myo armband, software upgrades will be available for those who choose to pre-order a Myo Developer Kit.

You may be asking yourself whether the Myo Developer Kit is for you. For our earliest adopters, a Myo Developer Kit gives you the chance to get your hands on an early version of the Myo armband. If you’ve spent countless nights coding and love getting fully immersed in the latest technology, the Myo Developer Kit is for you.

While you don’t need to be a software developer to get the developer kit, please be aware that this version will not have final applications or software available initially – only support for the “core” API. This means that it will only be useful and enjoyable to those with a certain level of computer programming expertise. The final version of the Myo device will be a polished version in terms of both the software and hardware. If you prefer a more seamless out of the box experience, the final version is best for you.

Myo Developer Kits will begin shipping in early 2014, with shipping of the final version of Myo to follow as we work through the long list of pre-orders. For both versions, we won’t be charging credit cards until we are ready to ship and we will notify you prior to doing so. Please note that due to international shipping constraints, it may take longer for us to get Myo Developer Kits to our international supporters.

If you pre-ordered a Myo unit with the intention of it being a gift for the holidays or a time-sensitive occasion, we’ve got you covered. We will be able to provide you with an electronic certificate to notify your friend or family member that a Myo armband has been pre-ordered for them as a gift! Email and we’ll get you setup.

Developers, we’re continuing to accept and review all applications and encourage you to apply to get early access to our SDK and join the conversation on our Developer Forum . While you are not required to apply for early access to purchase a Myo Developer Kit, we use this information to select small groups of developers for early access, feedback on new features, testing of the latest APIs, and promotion of developed applications.

Thanks again for your support and help in bringing a whole new computer interface to reality. The whole team here is so excited to continue working with you to make this happen! We’re also eager to hear your feedback and ideas, so please feel free to leave comments below, drop us a line at, or get a conversation started on our Developer Forum.

-Stephen, Matt & Aaron (co-founders)

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