Friday Product Post: MyoWare, Can My Baby Be?

Fast cars and muscles. Sounds like a great Friday!

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Well, hello there! It's Friday, we have new products, so why delay? Today we have two new MyoWare products to show off, as well as the 3D printer filament video we promised you last week. Without further ado, let's dive on in and check out what we have!

Pretty on par with our predictions ... Special thanks to Gregg for loaning us his Ranger! It was a lot of fun!

Thanks for the MyoWare explanation, Nick!

MyoWare Muscle Sensor Development Kit


Using our muscles to control things is the way that most of us are accustomed to doing it. We push buttons, pull levers, move joysticks ... but what if we could take the buttons, levers and joysticks out of the equation? This is the MyoWare Muscle Sensor Development Kit, an Arduino-powered, electromyography (EMG) sensor kit that provides you with a MyoWare Muscle Sensor, each shield developed here at SparkFun, and everything you need to connect them all together.

The MyoWare board, included in this kit, acts by measuring the filtered and rectified electrical activity of a muscle, outputting 0-Vs Volts depending on the amount of activity in the selected muscle, where Vs signifies the voltage of the power source. It's very simple to hook up this kit, attach shields to the muscle sensor, stick on a few included electrodes, read the voltage out and flex some muscles!

MyoWare LED Shield

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The MyoWare LED Shield is designed to pair with the MyoWare Muscle Sensor. The blue 10-segment bar graph shows the magnitude of the measured signal. The more muscle activation measured, the higher up the board the lit LEDs will go. With this shield you will be get a visual representation of the signals provided by the MyoWare Muscle Sensor and an on-board lithium polymer (LiPo) power source.

Alright, folks, that's it for this week. We really hope you enjoyed the videos (let's all admit anything is better than Chris Evans) as well as the new products. We'll be back next Friday with a load of new products! See you then.

Comments 16 comments

  • Bob_the_Cannibal / about 8 years ago / 3

    That was the best filament review... ... ... ...In the world.

  • TECH GEEK / about 8 years ago / 2

    Nick scares me.

  • sgrace / about 8 years ago / 1

    I know it's a basic review, and having fun in a semi-scientific way, but wouldn't it be better to show the properties of the filaments using more standardized testing methods?

      • DAS01 / about 8 years ago / 1

        I agree with sgrace. Is there more data that you can provide? Strength is an interesting parameter, but what about how it holds up to heat, water, sun (UV)? What is the texture differences (for if you are going to hold it)? Are you able to sand all these materials to make them smoother? I know that if I were making something (say a case for something) these parameters may be more important than just strength.

  • Member #825606 / about 8 years ago / 1

    good review man

  • GreenLite / about 8 years ago / 1

    I have been trying to find the best filament for a torsion spring. ABS lost its shape when the spring was tight for some time. PLA is too brittle and you don't get much spring from it before it shatters. From the video it looks like I might have to try nylon next.

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