How do you see wearable technology fitting into the way we live in the future?

We believe that technology is going to continue to evolve to the point where humans and computers are speaking to each other in a more natural and effortless way. Wearable computing, and specifically the Myo armband, is starting to bridge the gap in human-computer interaction.

In the future, I see people becoming coupled more closely to machines. Wearables will definitely be prevalent, but it’ll be interesting to see what form factor that technology comes in 10–20 years from now.

 What advice would you give to an aspiring engineer in the wearable tech industry?

 Go out and tackle a challenge that you’re especially passionate about. For us, the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo really set us up well to create a product that combines electrical, mechanical, and software engineering.

 What do you find most exciting about Myo and wearable devices?

We’re excited about the future of technology and the role that Myo can play in shaping this industry. We’re specifically excited about the idea of improving or enhancing our lives through effortless interaction. For us, Myo is a first step in a long path toward this direction.

 What do you love most about your job?

We all love solving challenging problems, and the business is an avenue to solve the problems we’re interested in, and then distribute the solutions beyond us to people everywhere. We want to give people superpowers using technology.

About the author

Matthew Bailey

Matthew Bailey is one of the three co-founders of Thalmic Labs. His studies in pattern recognition have driven the development of the underlying machine learning magic behind Thalmic Labs’ products, including Myo, the gesture control armband. He has a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has studied as a visiting scholar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).