Office Fitness Interview #1 – Chris Goodine of Thalmic Labs

Thalmic Myo wearable controllerUPDATE, 4:05 p.m. PST. Perpetuating the time-honored tradition of technical glitches in online presentations, I had trouble with the Hangout on Air set-up, so the hangout started a little late. The new hangout that I started cut off the beginning of my intro and cut out at a few points in the middle (don’t panic when you get to 17:40). But once we got rolling, Chris had lots of great info to share. Here’s the video:

I’m very happy to be launching my new “Office Fitness Interviews” series today.

Today, Friday, August 29, at 2:15 Pacific time, 5:15 Eastern, I’ll interview Chris Goodine of Thalmic Labs in a live Google “Hangout on Air.” We’ll talk for about 20-30 minutes and will include a Q&A segment at the end.

The video of the interview is archived on YouTube.

Thalmic Labs makes the Myo, a new wearable armband that lets you control your computer and other devices remotely by waving your arm in the air and making gestures, very much like Tom Cruise’s character in the movie “Minority Report.”

Chris recently demonstrated how you can control a drone with the Myo, much to the delight of the attendees of the August Seattle Tech Meetup. Here is a video of a second, private demo he did right after the meetup.

There are, of course, a number of more down-to-earth applications of this nifty new technology, and I’ll talk with Chris about some of these today.

Chris is the Developer Evangelist at Thalmic Labs, which has given him the chance to talk with hundreds of technology innovators about how they’ll use the Myo with their applications and gadgets. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has learned from developers about what they are working on to improve computer ergonomics and office productivity.