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Custom Gesture Control has arrived: Mapper for Myo

Custom Gesture Control has arrived: Mapper for Myo

BitShift Interactive has just put the finishing touches on a piece of software that will completely unleash your Myo armband: Mapper for Myo! Myo Connect has a built-in keyboard mapper but this new software is the warp-drive version, and you download a free trial in the Myo Market. With it, you can record motion and gesture together in a totally custom way. This means you control any piece of technology with your hands however you want. It’s the custom gesture experience Myonauts have been waiting for, and we’ve been drooling over it since chief creator James Wiley sent along an early version.

This video highlights a handful of applications controlled by a Myo armband customized with Mapper, but this is just the beginning. With Mapper for Myo, the only limit on what you can control is your imagination. Seriously.

What is BitShift Interactive?

BitShift Interactive is a small development company based in Colorado. We offer a variety of services including web programming, data systems, custom management tools, PHP cloud apps, Android application development and more. In addition to our daily routine, we enjoy developing innovative solutions for new tech.

What are you working on right now?

Right now we’re all about Mapper for Myo! We have a handful of great projects in development, but we are focused and determined to make Mapper for Myo the best application for all Myo users. We are so excited to share this with the world. We want to help people have fun and make things happen.

What have you built for Myo?

Mapper for Myo allows you to control almost any productivity software or game using the Myo armband. If the Myo Market doesn't have a Connector for the software you want to control, or you don't like the way a Connector works, that’s where Mapper for Myo comes to the rescue. Mapper for Myo lets you easily build your own control schemes, using gestures and motion to trigger almost any event you can imagine using data straight from your arm. Myo users are familiar with the Keyboard Mapper that comes with Myo Connect, but Mapper for Myo takes it to a whole new level: more (and more customized) control and tons of great features. The Myo armband and Mapper for Myo belong together. We want everyone who owns a Myo to experience Mapper for Myo.

How has your experience been so far with Myo?

Working with Myo has been very satisfying. As an Alpha Developer, we have been able to watch the device and SDK grow and improve dramatically over time. Thalmic Labs has done a phenomenal job creating this device and making it recognize our gestures. We are just thrilled to have the opportunity to develop software for something so unique and powerful. As awesome as the device is, we also have to give credit to the team at Thalmic for making our development experience great by just being there with answers and guidance when we need it. It’s clear that they are passionate about their product and the success of their developers.

What do you envision for the future of wearable tech?

Wearable tech is growing fast with many new products arriving to the market. The momentum is only going to increase as we find more uses and needs for hands-free tasks. We see a lot of opportunity in areas like accessibility, manufacturing, military, safety, and gaming. It's exciting to see these wearable products alone, each with their own unique capabilities and benefits; but the future of wearable tech will become reality when all of these individual devices can effectively communicate with one another to form a seamless user experience. We look forward to being on the front lines as it happens; not as a spectator, but as an active participant.

What's one tech trend that really excites you?

The spread of 'smart' technology is very exciting. It's great to see smart features going into everything from watches to refrigerators. As smart features combine with wearable tech, the landscape becomes so much more interesting.

What's one Myo application that you would love to see?

The application we most wanted to see is already coming to life! Mapper for Myo is a mapping software that allows the user to not just control specific applications that have been deemed 'compatible', but to control almost ANY application. Looking forward, we would most like to see Mapper for Myo continue to grow and help people do amazing things.

What are your three favorite online tools?

Stack Overflow - Every developers' best friend.
Lucid Chart - By far the best online diagramming tool for planning architecture.
Pandora - Ok, not a tool, but still very important.

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