X

REGISTER TO CUSTOMIZE
YOUR NEWS AND GET ALERTS
ON Microsoft Granted Patent For Muscle Controller

Click the box below to confirm you are over 13, not a robot, and agree to our Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions
No thanks, take me to EGMNOW
X
Customize your news
for instant alerts on
Microsoft Granted Patent For Muscle Controller
Register below
(it only takes seconds)
Click the box below to confirm you are over 13, not a robot, and agree to our Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions


X
X


 

THE BUZZ: Microsoft has been granted a patent for Electromyography (EMG) technology, which allows users to interact with smartphones, games consoles and other devices through muscle movements.

Patent images (via Engadget) suggest that Microsoft is planning to adapt the tech into a  “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller,” which will take the form of an armband. Another option is to attach sensor nodes to the arms, legs, chest and head.

 

EGM’s TAKE: Technology like this could allow hardware such as Kinect to pick up on even the tiniest muscle movement. Theoretically it could even allow you to free run and turn in games, removing the need for rails. This is some pretty advanced tech that we probably won’t be seeing for a good few years, that is if it even gets past the design stage. It could seriously improve the accuracy of Kinect and open up new avenues for developers to explore. Freedom is key when removing the controller, and this could be the answer. However, a more user-friendly solution will have to be discovered along the way. Sticking sensors all over your body before you play would be a right pain.

What do you think of the tech? Does it have potential? Let us know in the comments below.

0   POINTS
0   POINTS


About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89

Microsoft Granted Patent For Muscle Controller

Microsoft has been granted a patent for Electromyography (EMG) technology, which allows users to interact with smartphones, games consoles and other devices through muscle movements.

By Matthew Bennett | 05/2/2012 09:07 AM PT

News

THE BUZZ: Microsoft has been granted a patent for Electromyography (EMG) technology, which allows users to interact with smartphones, games consoles and other devices through muscle movements.

Patent images (via Engadget) suggest that Microsoft is planning to adapt the tech into a  “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller,” which will take the form of an armband. Another option is to attach sensor nodes to the arms, legs, chest and head.

 

EGM’s TAKE: Technology like this could allow hardware such as Kinect to pick up on even the tiniest muscle movement. Theoretically it could even allow you to free run and turn in games, removing the need for rails. This is some pretty advanced tech that we probably won’t be seeing for a good few years, that is if it even gets past the design stage. It could seriously improve the accuracy of Kinect and open up new avenues for developers to explore. Freedom is key when removing the controller, and this could be the answer. However, a more user-friendly solution will have to be discovered along the way. Sticking sensors all over your body before you play would be a right pain.

What do you think of the tech? Does it have potential? Let us know in the comments below.

0   POINTS
0   POINTS



About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89