North (formerly Thalmic Labs), the creator of the Myo armband, was acquired by Google in June 2020. Myo sales ended in October 2018 and Myo software, hardware and SDKs are no longer available or supported. Learn more.

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In the Lab: Manufacturing Myo

In the Lab: Manufacturing Myo

Hello, my name is Tanya and I work in supply chain for the Myo armband! I’m the one who calls up suppliers asking for futuristic materials to give the Myo armband its magic. I get a ton of strange stuff shipped to Thalmic Labs Special Projects Facility #3 for us to test and play around with. If the government is watching me, they are probably confused.

I had the chance recently to sit down and chat about how much fun it is to make stuff at Thalmic Labs, and what makes the Myo armband such a special piece of technology. I’ve had the rare opportunity to help create something totally new here, with features and components that are world-firsts. Thalmic Labs is the kind of place where nothing feels impossible.

We’re pretty unique in that we have a huge lab right in our head office, and some of the Myo armbands shipped out to customers are made right here. Having a lab on site also means we can test, experiment, and play at the frontier of technology. Whenever a supplier tells us something is impossible, we put our heads together and figure out how to do it ourselves. Yesterday, I was walking across the office and overheard someone say “Just because this seems to be precluded by the laws of physics doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.”

Thalmic Labs is an inspiring place to come every morning, and I was glad I had a chance to talk about it. I hope you enjoy, and if you’re waiting on a Myo armband I promise you we’re working on making and shipping more as you read this. Whenever you read this!

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