KITCHENER, Ont. – When Tom Cruise introduced the concept of gesture-control technology to audiences more than a decade ago in the film Minority Report, the idea of operating computers by waving your hand through the air seemed like Hollywood fantasy.
But Kitchener, Ont.,-based Thalmic Labs has bridged the gap between science-fiction and reality with the Myo, an armband that let users control their laptop, phone and television with simple hand and wrist movements.
Next month, the Myo makes its debut on the retail market under a distribution pact with Amazon. Its creators say their device has the potential to shake up how we use our computers.
“It was never really intended as a replacement for the computer mouse,” said Stephen Lake, co-founder of the Thalmic Labs, in a recent interview.
“It’s more for how…
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