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 MyoWare shield, 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!
Also included in this kit is everything you need to set up the MyoWare Muscle Sensor: all associated shields (Power, Cable, LED and Proto), biomedical sensor pads and cable, as well as headers that can be soldered onto each shield so they can be attached together. Make sure to take a look at our MyoWare Muscle Sensor Kit Guide below for tips, tricks and best practices for assembling your MyoWare boards.
To make stacking easier, the MyoWare Muscle Sensor Development Kit includes 3-pin stackable headers. Using these on all of the shields allows for easy stacking in more configurations.
Note: The Power Shield and the LED Shield both provide power, but at slightly different voltages. Don't use both of these shields at the same time.
Note: This item may take longer to process due to battery installed in the equipment and therefore does not qualify for our same-day shipping policy. Additionally, these batteries cannot be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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This is a pretty interesting kit that demonstrates a sensitive pickup for controlling signals with your muscles. It's well made, with good instructions. Just need some time to think of a good application for it.
Total lack of instruction on how to make it work with Arduino. It may be wonderful, but having to search the internet on learning Arduino programming is not what I was after. Why do you not publish a basic step by step "how to make this function" Instructable for those of us who are not Arduino literate? Still trying to make it work.
If you check the 'Documents' tab above there is some information for setting the parts up and some example code. If you're having trouble, please reach out to our technical support team for assistance.
All the components are convenient and easy to use. As noted in other reviews, the kit itself comes with no documentation, but the components are generally straightforward enough to be quickly implemented. Additionally, there are online resources.
For me, the LED shield has two contacts to connect to the battery (2 on the side, and 2 in the 3-pin stacking section). The battery should be soldered to the side contacts for power so that stacking is possible with other boards as shown in the image of the LED shield. Mine, however, came with the battery soldered to the contacts in the 3-pin section, effectively rendering the shield useless.
Will update the review if the LED shield is replaced with a working one.
Sorry to hear there was a mistake on the LED shield. If you would like to fill out a return ticket we can get you taken care of: https://www.sparkfun.com/support