Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beware of Counterfeit Sensors!

BEWARE - We've seen an uptick of counterfeit Muscle Sensor v3s that have stolen our design and are using our brand illegally. 

You can usually spot these fakes by looking at the components on the board. For example, the board on the left has different sized resistors and a different cable port.


Friday, June 5, 2015

MyoWare Bionic Claws Tutorial


One of our prime passions is to motivate the next great minds and ideas by posting informative step-by-step tutorials. To celebrate the launch of our fourth-generation muscle sensor, the MyoWare, we’ve put together a tutorial that will make you go berserk!

Our easy-to-follow tutorial posted on Makezine.com will teach you to build bionic claws using the new MyoWare muscle sensor. Simply flex your forearm muscle and — SNIKT! — a fraction of a second later the 4-inch claws extend out. Relax your forearm to retract the claws. We’ve even added a muscle-activated locking mechanism in case you want the claws to stay out while keeping your muscle flexed.

Make sure to order a MyoWare sensor over on our webstore!

Monday, May 18, 2015

MyoWare Bionic Repulsor Tutorial


Two years ago, we built a Bionic Iron Man Armor, a muscle sensor controlled repulsor system worn on the forearm. Well we're back again with a slick new sensor and a simplified bionic system. Our new "Bionic Iron Man Glove" still harnesses the power of electromyography to give fans the power to directly control an Iron Man-esque repulsor simply by flexing their muscle, BUT this time around the system is much easier to build and compact enough to fit entirely on the hand.

At the core of this new glove system is an Arduino-compatible Lilypad MP3 (an all-in-one microcontroller and audio player), Adafruit's NeoPixel ring, and our new MyoWare™ muscle sensor. 

Using the bionic glove is as simple as sticking a few electrodes on your arm and flipping on the power switch. When the system boots up, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Tony Stark's computer intelligence sidekick) talks you through the power-on sequence. When the wearer flexes their muscle, the bionic glove will play the harrowing repulsor charging-up sound effect. Then, when the muscle is relaxed, the repulsor will emit a firing sound effect and pulse the LED lights attached to the palm of the glove. 

You can learn how to build your own bionic glove by reading our easy-to-follow tutorial posted on Instructables.com. A project kit is also available on our Kickstarter campaign as a funding reward for a limited time only.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MyoWare Kickstarter Campaign


We are excited to finally reveal our 4th generation sensor, the MyoWare! We decided to launch it through a Kickstarter campaign for two reason: (1) To give you a chance to get some pretty awesome rewards and (2) To help children in need. As part of the campaign, we will donate 1 sensor per 5 backers to Limbitless Solutions and the E-Nable community. They're an amazing group who design, build, and donate 3D printed prosthetic arms to children in need. Click the link below for more information about the MyoWare and how you can help! ‪#‎MyoWare‬ ‪#‎3DHope‬





Friday, March 13, 2015

Bionics Expert Lends a Helping Hand



Our friends at Limbitless Solutions are back in the news and have an awesome surprise for Alex! We're really proud to provide them with our muscles sensors. Alex couldn't be more deserving. Check out the E-Nable community to find out how you can help get more arms like this to children in need.


Monday, February 2, 2015

On the cover of MAKE Magazine!

We've been collaborating with the awesome guys at Bionico Hand for a couple years now and we're really proud to see them make the cover of MAKE Magazine this month. Their mission is to create a low-cost opensource myoelectric prosthetic hand. 




Saturday, February 15, 2014

Now Selling Packs of Electrodes



We've listened to your emails and are pleased to announce that we are now selling electrode packs. You no longer have to go through third-party vendors to get more electrodes once you're used up our samples. Each pack comes with 50 electrodes. These are the same electrodes that come as samples with our products.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Muscle Mouse



We've created a new open-source project, Muscle Mouse, as part of the 2013 National microMedic contest. The Muscle Mouse harnesses the power of electromyography to make physical therapy more fun and to make gaming easier for the disabled.

At the core of this AAA battery powered device is the powerful yet low-cost Arduino Pro Mini microcontroller (a favorite among hobbyist and SparkFun Electronics BlueTooth module, and Advancer Technologies’ 3rd generation muscle sensor.



The Muscle Mouse is designed to allow the user play the classic helicopter game (shown below) on any mouse compatible Bluetooth device. The user simply has to navigate to any of the many available websites that provide this game for free and position the mouse cursor over the game window. The Muscle Mouse gives the user the power to navigate the helicopter through the game course simply by flexing their muscle to move the helicopter up and relaxing the muscle to move the helicopter down.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Improved Creative Minds Discount


Here at Advancer Technologies, one of our main goals is to promote all forms of interest and learning into biomechatronic technologies. To help cultivate and educate future great minds and concepts in the field, we frequently post informative instructions and demo video of our technologies.

Join us in our quest by posting your own instructions and demo videos of your projects that incorporate our products and as a reward... 

We'll give you a free muscle sensor
(or a refund of equivalent value on last order)

To receive the discount, you must first do one of the following:
  1. Post instructions on how to build your project on Instructables.com. In the instructions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
  2. Publish a video instructions on YouTube.com on how to build your project. In the video description or captions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
  3. Publish a demonstration video of your project on YouTube.com. Again, in the video description or captions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
Then simply email us the link to your video or instructions and, if you've met our criteria, we'll apply the discount.

Note: Discount limited to one per order and one per project.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

[DIY] Conductive Fabric Electrodes

Released under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Conductive fabric electrodes are a low cost and simple way to make reusable electrodes for sensing muscle activity. They can be sown into any type of garment or used with a strap. When dampened, these electrodes allow you to sense the tiny electrical signals of your muscles just like traditional medical electrodes. For this tutorial, we're going to use them in a sleeve to detect the muscle activity of the forearm muscles.

Benefits of the conductive fabric electrodes over traditional EMG electrodes:
  • Reusable - traditional EMG electrodes are meant to be used only once and then thrown out. Conductive fabric electrodes can be used over and over again simply by applying some water before use.
  • No adhesive - traditional EMG electrodes use adhesives to stick to your skin. This adhesive can be some what of a pain to remove after use and can cause skin irritation to some people.

Benefits of the traditional EMG electrodes over conductive fabric electrodes:
  • Ready to use - you can simply buy these electrodes off the shelf and use them right away.
  • Can be placed on any muscle - conductive fabric electrodes are sown into garments making so they can only be used by the intended muscle group the garment is matched with. Traditional electrodes can be simply place on any muscle group you might want to use as the trigger muscle.

Materials


Step 1 - Preparing the Conductive Fabric Strips


To make a conductive fabric electrode sleeve, we'll need to make three contact points above the muscle we want to sense. In this case, we're after the forearm muscles.
  1. Cut out three rectangular strips of the conductive fabric. Two of the strips should be W 5/8" x L 1 3/4". The third strip should be W 5/8" x L 2".
  2. Take the forearm sleeve, turn it inside out, and put it on the opposite arm that it is intended to go on.
  3. Using fabric pins, pin the two shorter strips on your forearm muscle such that one is in the middle of the muscle body and the other is about an inch apart. Pin the third strip along the back side of your forearm (on the bony part). Check out the pictures to see how to orient the strips.
  4. Carefully take the sleeve off and you're ready to start sowing.


Step 2 - Sewing the Conductive Strips


Since the sleeve is very stretchy, we'll need to use a stitch that will give us the kind of flexibility we need and also keep the conductive fabric in place. 

Luckily, we've got the zigzag stitch. The zigzag stitch is basically an overcast stitch in both directions. Use a zigzag stitch to sew each of the conductive fabric strips to the sleeve.

Note: Since you'll be wetting these strips before each use, you can also use a waterproof backing (like neoprene fabric or thin rubber) to help keep the moisture in one place. If you use backing, use the zigzag stitch to first attach the conductive fabric strips to the backing material strips, then use the zigzag stitch to sew the backing to the sleeve.


Step 3 - Adding the Electrode Cable Snaps

By this point, we have the conductive fabric strips securely sewn into the sleeve, but we still need a way to attach the electrode cables to the sleeve.
  1. Using the button snap kit, attach a male snap to each of the conductive fabric strips. Make sure the male side is on the outer side of the sleeve as shown in the picture. The snaps can be placed any where along the strips but should be placed where the three cable lead ends can easily reach it.
  2. After the snaps have been attached, use a multimeter to test the connection between each snap and its conductive fabric strip. To do this, simply place on probe against the conductive fabric strip and the other probe on the snap.

If each connection is in working order, then you're finished! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Muscle Sensor v3 Now On Sale!

images by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

We are proud to announce our next generation Muscle Sensor. Our third generation sensor has a on-board port to directly connect our new cables right out of the box. No more hassle with getting the cables to connect to the sensor. 

Our new sensors also come standard with a set of cables and sample electrodes yet still costs a fraction of the V2 sensors!



Friday, April 13, 2012

Muscle Sensor v2 Manual is Now Available

It's been a long time in the making, but we've finally gotten around to putting together a manual for our sensors. The Muscle Sensor v2 Manual includes easy to follow setup steps and examples on how to connect our sensors to the ever popular Arduino MCU as well as all technical specifications.


Click the link above or head over to the Muscle Sensor v2 page to check it out!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Announcing Our Next Generation Muscle (EMG) Sensor

images by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

We are proud to announce our next generation Muscle (EMG) Sensor. Our second generation sensor has shrunk to 1" to a side, over half the size of our Platinum Sensors! 

Not only has this new line of sensor dropped down in size but, thanks to our new fabrication partner, the price has substantially dropped as well.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Check out our latest tutorial - USB Biofeedback Game Controller










Advancer Technologies’ “USB Biofeedback Game Controller” harnesses the power of electromyography to allow players to directly control video games with their muscles. At the core of this plug-in-play controller is the powerful yet low-cost Arduino UNO microcontroller, a favorite among hobbyist and students, acting as a HID keyboard interface. Integrated with the Arduino UNO are four of Advancer Technologies’ new Platinum Series Muscle Sensors, allowing four muscles to act independently or in combination with each other to control over four buttons. In their setup, Advancer Technologies elected to use a six button setup with the left forearm controlling the B button (RUN/ATTACK), the right forearm controlling the A button (JUMP), the left bicep controlling the LEFT button, the right bicep controlling the RIGHT button, and combinations for UP and DOWN.
During gameplay, the Arduino UNO program constantly senses the muscle activity of each muscle via the muscle sensors. When the player flexes a muscle, the Arduino registers a spike in muscle activity, triggering a button press, and sends this information to the computer via USB connection, all in real-time.
You can learn how to build your own controller by reading Advancer Technologies’ easy to follow tutorial posted on Instructables.com. These illustrated instructions go through each step in detail to reproduce and program this remarkable controller.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Announcing the Creative Minds Discount

Here at Advancer Technologies, one of our main goals is to promote all forms of interest and learning into biomedical technologies. To help cultivate and educate future great minds and concepts in the field, we frequently post informative instructions and demo video of our technologies.

Join us in our quest by posting your own instructions and demo videos of your projects that incorporate our products and as a reward... 


We'll give you a 10% discount on your purchase!

To receive the discount, you must first do one of the following:

  1. Post instructions on how to build your project on Instructables.com. In the instructions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
  2. Publish a video instructions on YouTube.com on how to build your project. In the video description or captions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
  3. Publish a demonstration video of your project on YouTube.com. Again, in the video description or captions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
Then simply email us the link to your video or instructions and, if you've met our criteria, we'll refund you 10% of your last order.

Note: Discount limited to one per order and one per project.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Now selling Muscle Sensor / EMG Circuit Kit- Gold Package Internationally!

We're proud to announce that we are now going to start shipping our Muscle Sensor / EMG Circuit Kit- Gold Package to customers overseas. We would like to thank all those international customers who have showed an overwhelming interest in purchasing our products.

Click here to find out more.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

All EMG Circuit Board Kits are now back in stock

Silver and Gold EMG circuit kits are no longer back ordered. The kits are now ready and will ship within 24-48 hrs of ordering.

I want to thank everyone who placed Silver and Gold EMG kit orders for waiting and being patient for our parts to come in.

For everyone that has been holding off on ordering a kit...order yours now before we run out again!