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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Peek under the hood of your Myo armband

Peek under the hood of your Myo armband

Howdy! My name is Scott Tolksdorf and I recently made a Myo diagnostics page as a little hobby project here at Thalmic Labs! It’s hot off the grill and ready for your fingers.

If you’ve got a Myo armband, just slide it on and make sure your Bluetooth adapter is plugged in. Then click here while yelling this:

From XKCD.

Really, this is just a peek under the hood of your Myo armband. You get a look at the Bluetooth signal (and it’s strength), get a reading from each of the eight EMG sensor pods in the armband, check out the motion control of the IMU, test your gesture recognition, play with haptic feedback, and so on.

I made it so I could look at all the stuff Myo is doing at once. Thalmic has put together an incredible Machine Intelligence team, and is my way of admiring their handiwork. Squiggly lines, bits of vector data, and electrical signals — the messy, complicated biology inside your arm — is crunched by powerful algorithms and translated into commands so simple that I can crank my music up by turning my fist. Bananas.

If you want to build a Myo-enabled webpage like this, check out another hobby project of mine (this one a work-in-progress): the Myo.js JavaScript library.

Happy hacking!

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