Luke, use the Force. Let it guide your actions.
-Obi-Wan Kenobi
How many of us have fantasized of moving objects using the Force with the words above playing through our heads? Well, it may have taken more than 35 years but now you can finally unleash the powers of a Jedi master (or a Sith lord, whichever strikes your fancy).

MYO Gesture Control ArmbandAnd the gadget that may make it all possible without increasing your midi-chlorian count is the MYO armband. The MYO armband is a new type of controller that reads the electrical activity that is generated by the muscles in your forearm as you flex your hand and fingers. It also has motion sensors to sense the position and rotation of your arm.

The YouTube video below shows possible uses for the MYO from controlling your PC using gestures and finger snaps, playing video games, controlling a remote controlled quad copter,  remotely controlling a presentation plus many more interesting real world applications.

The MYO currently has APIs for Windows and Mac OS with support for iOS and Android coming soon. It communicates via Bluetooth 4.0 and features rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries.

You can actually place a pre-order for the MYO now and it is expected to be shipped late this year. And how much will it cost for you to gain your Jedi powers? Only $149.

It would be interesting to see how the MYO compares with other motion sensing technologies like the Xbox 360 Kinect and the new Leap Motion controller. I believe that the MYO gives much more freedom of movement for the user as it is not tethered to a camera or a sensor.

However, from the video, the MYO’s motion sensing seems to be limited to just the arm and unique gestures using fingers. It would still be much easier to press buttons on a game controller than to remember a set of unique gestures to activate certain actions on screen for example.

Via MYO