On Monday January 6th, a few members of the Thalmic Labs team attempted to make the trek down to Las Vegas for CES. CES is the annual Consumer Electronics Show that takes place in Las Vegas every January, attracting between 100,000 and 150,000 people each year. The show brings together the latest and greatest in the tech industry, with countless product launches from companies big and small. The show is said to contain approximately 37 football fields full of technology.
Although it tried, the massive snow storm couldn’t stop us from getting to CES. After two cancelled flights and five hours of sitting on planes on the tarmac, our team somehow managed to catch one of the few flights that actually left Pearson International Airport on the evening of January 7th (causing just a 31 hour delay to our initial arrival time). We ended up flying to San Diego, driving all night, and arriving in Las Vegas at 5am, only to hit the show floor a few short hours later. And while the rest of the week turned out to be no less hectic than it had started, getting to show off the Myo™ armband made it well worth it.
One of the demos that we shared at our suite at CES included using two Myo armbands to play Call of Duty: Ghosts. As seen in the videos below, co-founder Aaron Grant is able to play the game using a Myo armband on each arm. His movements and gestures on each hand control different aspects of the game including shooting, reloading, and walking through the environment. You can see a video of Aaron playing the game in the article here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/08/thalmic-labs-myo-armband-ces-2014/
Another demo that we were able to show off, and have others try for themselves, was the flying of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. A simple snap makes the drone take off and land, and movements of the arm in different directions control its flight. In the link below, you’ll read about Engadget’s Richard Lai’s experience flying the drone for himself: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/10/parrot-ar-drone-thalmic-labs-myo/
One of the highlights of the show for us was being awarded the Digital Trends Best of CES 2014 Award in the Cool Tech category. The full list of winners can be found here, but we’re very excited to be on that list alongside LG’s 77-inch curved OLED television, Dacor’s Discovery IQ 48-inch dual-fuel range, and the Pebble steel smartwatch.
While CES 2014 was good to us, we’re already looking forward to CES 2015. As we continue to enhance and produce the Myo armband, our focus remains on building useful and meaningful applications in conjunction with our third party developers, and we have high expectations for what we’ll be able to showcase this time next year.