Control SOLIDWORKS Touch Free with a Myo Armband from Thalmic Labs

Article by Rod Mackay updated February 7, 2015

MYO Armband

Control your digital world with arm gestures

Canadian designers create amazing products and Thalmic Labs have recently developed an armband that reads gestures and motion to let you seamlessly control smartphones, tablets, computers, and applications touch-free!

The Myo Armband (pronounced my-oh) has a highly sensitive motion sensor and is also able to read the electrical activity produced by the skeletal muscles in the wearers arm when making hand gestures; the armband features proprietary Electromyography (EMG) muscle sensors that then convert the arm gestures into signals that software on your device/computer can interpret via a bluetooth connection. The possibilities for using the armband are endless. To give you an idea of how the armband works and what it can be used for are demonstrated in the video below:

Who is Thalmic Labs and how was the Myo developed?

Thalmic Labs, a new start-up company, are a Javelin customer based in Kitchener, Ontario. The company was co-founded by three graduates of the University of Waterloo’s mechatronics engineering program, Matthew Bailey, Aaron Grant and Stephen Lake. The Myo was designed with the help of SOLIDWORKS software and prototypes were created using Stratasys Dimension 3D Printers. Check out the video below to learn more about Thalmic Labs and how the Myo was developed:

Using Myo with SOLIDWORKS

Javelin has recently become a proud reseller of the Myo and we are currently looking at different ways in which our customers can utilize the Myo with SOLIDWORKS software. Applications include:

  • Viewing and manipulating models faster and easier in SOLIDWORKS to speed up the design process.
  • Delivering design review presentation with SOLIDWORKS or eDrawings in a more interactive and natural way.
  • Reviewing SOLIDWORKS Composer product documentation or assembly instructions hands-free in the field for a maintenance or service application.

Take a look at the video below as Cameron Swinoga, a student with Javelin, gives the Myo a test drive and manipulates the SOLIDWORKS view with arm gestures:

How do I learn more about Myo

Check out the Thalmic Labs website for information about the Myo, and check out the highlights of SolidWorks World 2015 to see Chris Goodine of Thalmic Labs deliver a presentation on the product.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.