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 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 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, January 21, 2014

FREE SHIPPING - All orders over $99

We are now offering free shipping on all orders over $99! The free shipping will be via USPS Priority mail (2-3 day) service and will include insurance. 

Head over to our store to place your order.

Monday, September 9, 2013

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.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Muscle Sensor v3 SOLD OUT

Unfortunately, we just sold out of our Muscle Sensor v3 kits

But don't worry, you can still get our sensors from one of our authorized resellers or simply wait a couple weeks until we get more in-stock. Send us an email to get notified as soon as they arrive!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Muscle Sensor Kits Now In Stock

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After working restlessly over the weekend, we are happy to announce that our Muscle Sensor kits are now back in stock. 

We have a limited number of kits for sale until we get more supplies at the end of June so don't delay and place your order on our webstore today! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Muscle Sensor Cables Back In Stock

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I am pleased to announce that we have received our next shipment of muscle sensor cables. You can now purchase the sensor and cable combo or the cables by themselves on our webstore

Thank you for your patience and again we apologize for the shortage.

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 In the instructions, you must link back to our store website and indicate you used Advancer Technologies sensors.
  2. Publish a video instructions on 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 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

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Muscle Sensor Cables Now IN STOCK

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I am pleased to announce that we have finally received our anticipated shipment of muscle sensor cables. You can now purchase the sensor and cable combo or the cables by themselves on our webstore

Thank you for your patience and again we apologize for the unanticipated shortage.

The cables are out of stock. We expect to get more in around May 17th. Please email us to be added to the list to be notified when they become available again.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

[DIY] Conductive Fabric Electrodes

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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.


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!

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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!