If the MYO, the gesture-control armband, does even half the things that people are asking for on Twitter, you can pretty much expect this device to blow your mind. To make this happen, Thalmic Labs has announced the opening of their Developer Program encouraging developers around the world to submit their ideas for apps they will develop.
A good piece of hardware is only made great by its applications. And if the smartphone sector is any indicator of what a platform needs to survive in today’s industry, then the success of any platform means the company must focus on building a developer community as much as the product itself.
Thalmic Labs’ initiation of their Developer Program marks a critical milestone in ensuring this company’s success leading up to their expected product launch later this year.
“By opening this program up to developers and enabling them to build on top of MYO technology, we will ensure that MYO has a deep suite of software applications by the time the product reaches consumer hands,” says Stephen Lake, CEO and cofounder of Thalmic Labs.
Those that really benefit are the users—especially the 30,000+ that have already pre-ordered their device. And users excited about wearing this futuristic cuff have already started to become quite vocal on Twitter about what they are expecting from this device (somewhat influenced by a contest Thalmic Labs is running).
If you weed through the expected Iron Man and Minority Report anecdotes on Twitter, MYO’s true potential becomes extremely evident. Home automation was one of the more common uses for MYO with many people wanting to change the channel with a flick of their wrist. Advanced gaming was another—especially pairing MYO with virtual reality gaming system Oculus Rift. But perhaps the most inspiring ideas were around sign language and accessibility including apps that would interpret sign language using MYO’s ability to recognize muscle activity and motion while signing.
"It's great to see the excitement around developing applications for MYO. The depth and uniqueness of the ideas is outstanding and I can't wait to for developers to bring them to life," says Scott Greenberg, Director of Developer Relations at Thalmic Labs.
Developers interested in making these dreams come true need to apply for the program. The application process asks developers to showcase what they would like to build and describe why they're the ones to build it. As part of the program, developers will gain access to early documentation and APIs for MYO and a very select group of developers will get access to pre-production devices as early as this summer.
Developers can apply to the Developer Program through an online form.