Microsoft EMG Research Would Let Users Strong-Arm Gadgets Into Submission

Mind control is one way to control tomorrow's gadgets. Here's another equally cool, equally complex way: Controllers that involve nothing but the electrical impulses taking place everyday in our muscle tissue.

The system, developed as part of a patent filed by Microsoft, uses a series of connectors attached to an armband. The armband leverages Electromyography (EMG). As you can see in the video, this creates a system that translates the electrical activity found in our muscles into instructions for a computer. Or a Guitar Hero air guitar.

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The system in the video is shown as a forearm version, but further patent reading reveals a completely wearable network of sensors that would adorn a user's head, arms and legs.

So air guitar and auto-trunks are only the beginning, although we'd need to be extraordinarily aware of our gestures and arm movements should a system become more mainstream, don't you think? I'd hate to flip a guy off on the highway and have my driver's side door pop open. [Muscle Computer Interfaces via Engadget]

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Dear Microsoft,

Oh stop it, I mean it baby. Stop teasing me with these things that you will eventually let other people do better and sooner. I know you keep hurting me because you love me, I understand. I've been a very naughty boy, and I make you do it. But seriously, get you act together and get this to me on time already, or I'm leaving. And I'm taking the kids... you can keep the stupid dog... and the Wii.

Love,

Magnus