Unlike voice-detecting Google Glass, and the camera-powered Kinect and Leap Motion controller, Thalmic Labs is going to the source of your hand and finger gestures – your forearm muscles. “In looking at wearable computers, we realized there are problems with input for augmented-reality devices,” says Thalmic Labs co-founder Stephen Lake. “You can use voice, but no one wants to be sitting on the subway talking to themselves, and cameras can’t follow wherever you go.”
Gesture control of robots, both aerial and ground-based, are prominently featured in the promo video. This is a notable innovation, given that the US Military already is investing in gesture-control research that will allow unmanned aerial vehicles to operate on the same flight decks as manned aircraft.