The Myo Armband Can Make Google Glass Truly Hands-Free
Smart glasses like Google Glass can be extremely useful for many jobs. Doctors, repairmen, even firemen — wherever there’s a profession that sometimes requires crucial information without sitting at a desk or holding a tablet, wearable technology is up to the task.
Problems arise, however: How, exactly, does one operate Google Glass’s touchpad if the job involves heavy work gloves? And what if the ambient noise makes voice control impossible?
Here’s where other wearable technology can come into play — specifically the Myo armband, which can control things via gesture, similar to Microsoft Kinect or Leap Motion. As long as the Myo and the smart glasses have the right software, the two can interact seamlessly.
Thalmic Labs, creator of the Myo, is taking a step forward on Tuesday to make sure those experiences get built. It’s partnering with several companies — including APX Labs, Augmedix, Recon Instruments and Bridgit — all of which make either software (and sometimes hardware) for smart glasses.
“We’re focused on delivering solutions for people in field service, manufacturing or logistics — whenever someone’s fixing, building or moving something,” Brian Ballard, CEO of APX Labs, told Mashable. “You could even rotate your hand to rotate a virtual object. Some of these solutions we expect to deliver into customers’ hands almost immediately.”
Is mixing smart glasses with a gesture controller the ultimate wearable combo? Gesture control can often be awkward when performing basic controls on a PC, but with a wearable it has the potential too be much more natural. Not to mention portable.
“The user could be out in the middle of the field,” says Scott Greenberg, director of developer relations for Thalmic Labs. “They can be anywhere. This opens up a lot of possibilities — from different lighting conditions to different spaces.”
Enhanced with wearable tech, the workplace of the future could stay connected no matter the circumstances. Of course, it depends upon the right applications getting built, but — as today’s announcement implies — the greatest opportunities for developers may lie in the enterprise space.