We're back with five more Tips and Tricks for using the Myo armband, this time focusing on presentations!

I've helped develop the Myo for Presentations experience by working with many people who present with Myo daily, and I'm going to share with you a checklist you can run through every time you prepare yourself to take Myo on stage.

Battery. A fully juiced battery is always a good idea. Click on the Myo Connect icon in your tray and open the Armband Manager to see a battery indicator.

battery indicator

Just make sure you’ve got three bars and you’re laughing.

Know your location. Man, is this ever key. Room size, computer availability, and connection ports are all relevant. I always bring my laptop with me to make sure I can deliver my presentation no matter what. Sometimes the computer the venue provides is too far from the stage for a bluetooth signal to travel: having my own laptop is a life saver.

Set up early. Myo is a piece of biotechnology, and it needs to be in sync with your body. For optimal performance, it has to be warmed up on your arm and synced to your muscles. Set up nice and early and get Myo warm, and be sure that you’ve got Presentation Mode running (found in the Application Manager in Myo Connect).

Be deliberate. Be precise and intentional with your movements In the same way that you are with your words. Myo lets you use your hands to communicate, and movements and body language play a vital role when delivering a compelling presentation. Certain hand habits -- cracking your knuckles often, for instance -- can confuse Myo. Be aware of what your hands and body are doing and how you’re using them to communicate. Mastering this aspect of a Myo presentation makes for jaw-dropping magical moments.

Dry run. Always, always, always be prepared. Your parents were right: practice makes perfect. Rehearse your presentation with Myo to simulate the live, on-stage event and get a hang of things, as well as iron out kinks in how you’re using the device. Remember: custom calibration is the silver bullet for persistent recognition problems.