I am a Thalmic Myo alpha developer...

I finally got my Thalmic Myo alpha unit after it was stuck at German customs for about a week.

Thalmic Myo Alpha Device

Here is my resume after the first couple of days of using it and developing for it:

  • For an alpha device it already has an incredibly high quality finish. The mechanics work well and you can easily put in on and pull it off again. It sits snugly on your arm without being too uncomfortable even after hours of wearing it (longest I wore it was 3 hours so far). Battery life is good enough to sustain usage over that time. The only thing that is a bit bothersome is turning it on and off (done via pinhole button).
  • It's an alpha device in the sense that there's no fancy demo to run once you have unboxed the device. You need to go in and compile something that does more than calibrating the device or outputting text.
  • The software works well, but has obvious limitations: the device calibration is not carried over between sessions; calibration only supports five gestures at this time and custom gestures are yet to come.
  • Alpha community: I pulled a simple music player app which was available as OSS for iOS on the Thalmic github account. I made a couple of obvious tweaks and have been running it ever since on my iPhone. The Myo is paired with my iPhone. I can use it to play/pause and switch tracks. It's a very simple use case, but that's all there is right now.
  • The product, i.e. hardware and software together, works impressively well. It's easy and intuitive and just fun to use. I was previously dissappointed by the LEAP so I was a bit sceptical, but for me the Myo is the absolute proof that this sort of gesture control will inevitably become part of HMI over the next couple of years. I am massively looking forward to the beta and production-level devices.

Next up for me is building an iPhone remote control powered by Myo for my Rasperry-Pi-XBMC. And, obviously, annoying my girlfriend by using the Myo to control our TV.

Baking an MacBook Pro...

My sister needed a new laptop and I had an old 2008 MacBook Pro lying around. After putting in an SSD it would not boot any more.

So, after a bit of googling around I decided to perform the most riddiculous repair manouver I have ever seen: I put the logic board of the MacBook in the oven and baked it for about 8 minutes. I followed this guide. It worked perfectly.

Some things I would recommend to watch out for:

  • I was careful to remove all plastic parts
  • I clean old thermal paste and add new, high quality thermal paste (makes the fix last longer)
  • Take a lot of pictures to know what the vanilla state of the wires and foam parts was
  • we careful with the metal plugs (display and airport) you can easily pull the metal casing off and it's a mess to get back on

Here are some pictures.

ghost.org

I migrated my blog to ghost.org.

  • great backend
  • fair managed offer (5 USD / month)
  • easy setup
  • a lot of high quality themes available
  • blazingly fast

Very happy about the move - would recommend it any time.

#live #music

Saw the amazing @cityandcolour perform in Munich today.