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Microsoft Patent for Wearable EMG Device… Granted

May 2, 2012 1 Comment

Introducing Microsoft’s newest patent, a wearable EMG device. The sensors provide wireless interaction with computer devices like a smartphone and/ or PMP etc. Imagine controlling your Windows Phone while jogging or apps like Endomondo getting tons of more information.


A “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller” includes a plurality of Electromyography (EMG) sensors and provides a wired or wireless human-computer interface (HCl) for interacting with computing systems and attached devices via electrical signals generated by specific movement of the user’s muscles. Following initial automated self-calibration and positional localization processes, measurement and interpretation of muscle generated electrical signals is accomplished by sampling signals from the EMG sensors of the Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller. In operation, the Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller is donned by the user and placed into a coarsely approximate position on the surface of the user’s skin. Automated cues or instructions are then provided to the user for fine-tuning placement of the Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller. Examples of Wearable Electromyography-Based Controllers include articles of manufacture, such as an armband, wristwatch, or article of clothing having a plurality of integrated EMG-based sensor nodes and associated electronics.

Something like this would mean that we would never have to take our mobile devices out of our pockets to interact with it. Atleast when it comes to simple commands. As you can see from the images, they plan on making the sensors available to place on various parts of your body. This plus Nokia’s Vibrating Tattoo patent really make for a very interesting future.


Source: USPTO via Engadget

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