Waterloo’s Thalmic Labs has a new demo video out for their upcoming Myo armband, a controller that uses the electrical impulses generated when you use your arms and hands to generate input for computing devices. This time, they’ve shown how they built in-house support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset, and it’s a very impressive look at how well the two technologies are paired.
As you can see, the Myo allows you to control virtual arms in-game as if they were your own, mirroring your limbs’ movements in the physical world. That’s a huge benefit to the sense of immersion that Oculus offers, since it incorporates not only your head and neck movements, but more of your whole body. The implementation that Myo shows here is pretty basic, but they plan to make this available to developers to play with, and you can imagine where it might go from there.
Gripping a physical sword or gun controller to vanquish in-game enemies? Now a definite possibility. Just make sure the space around you is clear before you go performing any sweeping arcs of your trusty blade.