“It is very difficult to slow down. The practice of medicine is like heart muscle contraction — it’s all or none.” — Béla Schick (1877–1967)
Letting surgeons control information in real time without touching anything was a very early idea for how to use the Myo armband. The founders of Thalmic Labs started out in the world of medical technology; their first invention was designed to provide “haptic” (touch-based) information to help blind people navigate the world.
Naturally, Thalmic Labs formed a relationship early on with a medical imaging firm from Spain called TedCas. They use a Myo armband, various cameras, and voice recognition software to give surgeons total control over the information they need during an operation: it’s a multi-sensor solution for operating rooms all connected to a device called the “TedCube”.
The main inputs for the Myo armband are custom-built, hospital-grade sensors. For less than $200, the Myo armband can already do things that currently require a $10,000 desktop EMG machine with amplifiers. The medical uses for the device — prosthetics, monitoring, and improved accessibility — are many. The Myo armband offers total control of your digital world no matter what your abilities.
We love to hear new ideas about how the Myo armband could impact the medical community, and offer new solutions to people who’ve been left out of the current computing ecosystem. Let us know what you’re working on in the comments, whether a game, music device, smarthome controller, medical tool, or something we haven’t even thought of yet.