A sEMG Brain-Machine Interface.

A wearable BMI developer kit for the hackers/makers community to use for the greater good.

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I have been working with a friend on a BMI project since december 2019. We are true believers in the near revolution of brain machine interfaces (BMI) but BMIs available today are either invasive, constraining or awkward (in particular EEGs), and we believe surface EMG is the way to go. Although electromyography is an old technology, its potential for BMI has not been realized until recently and interest is growing. So we built an armband which possesses electrodes that are held in contact with the user’s skin. The electrodes, combined with a specialized acquisition/processing hardware, intercept and measure electrical signals propagating in the muscles when the user intends to move his/her hand (with or without actual movement). The processed data is transmitted via bluetooth to the device that the user wishes to control, and translated there into actual commands (moving a cursor, typing text, etc...). Please see our video !

Our prototype is already able to generate state of the art recordings, but you guessed it, the bottle neck is how to make sense of all the data. We have tested several methods, from recurrent neural networks on the raw data to simple classifiers on processed data (sliding RMS of the signals,  or sliding covariance matrix of the different channels) etc... 

Do you have any idea on how to interpret sEMG signals into useful computer commands ? Contact us to get your hands on a prototype and implement your ideas.


The last prototypes as of august 2022.

JPEG Image - 3.46 MB - 08/20/2022 at 03:31



This video demonstrates our current prototype's ability to control a simple video-game without having to move a finger.

MPEG-4 Video - 37.05 MB - 03/11/2020 at 19:33


  • Armband scaffold assembly instructions.

    wolfgangouille08/17/2022 at 08:47 0 comments

    Hi everyone.

    We are releasing files and instructions to build your own sEMG armband. Today we will build the scaffold for the armband. I have put a lot of thought into this last design to make sure the armband keeps electrodes equidistant, is easy to install and remove from your arm, can adapt to different morphologies (shape and size) and is comfortable. We are pretty happy with the result.

    Material :

    Print all the parts at

    Print 8 electrode receptacles and 2 frame adaptors. All other STL need a single print.

    You will need in addition : 

    -thick nylon fishing line (I used 50 lbs)

    -15 mm long springs 3mm OD x12

    -5 mm long springs 3mm OD x8 (cut 10mm springs in half to get 5mm springs if you can't find any)

    -10 to 20 mm long 10mm OD spring x1 

    I made a tutorial video for the assembly :

    In the next chapter, we will share the PCBs and electronics instruction.

  • Update

    wolfgangouille11/02/2021 at 03:34 1 comment

    Hello everyone !

    First of all we would like to apologize for being away for quite some time now. Both Marius and I are quite busy with work, but we had a discussion a few days ago and we are resolved to release everything you need to build your own armband within a few weeks or months.

    I believe we have been wasting some time trying to make the design more slick and compact, as there was still some plan to make a product out of it. However, now it is clear that what people want is something more DIY. We have been in contact with several research labs, which currently have very limited options for sEMG, as commercial system are either very expensive, or simply not available, and they would really benefit from a DIY sEMG armband. I'm sure the process of building the armband might be appealing in itself to many of you.

    So we will make a few adjustments on the design so that it can be assembled by anyone with minimal engineering skills, without expensive equipment and over the span of a week end or so.

    Files and instructions coming soon !


  • New prototype

    wolfgangouille06/13/2020 at 08:58 0 comments

    After several iterations we arrived at this fully integrated design, based on the tiny FPGA BX.

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perlinwarp wrote 09/22/2021 at 14:34 point

I've started a discord for people working on EMG projects here:

There's a few people making custom hardware here and talking about things such as what instrumentation amp to use etc

I've been working on open source EMG projects for the last year including a cross platform multithreaded driver for the Myo, the wiki contains general info about EMG too:

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hut wrote 08/16/2021 at 12:35 point

Really interesting project :). I'm building something similar [], and would love to exchange perspectives and experiences with you! Drop me an email at hut ໑ hut : pm

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erp3300 wrote 04/16/2021 at 22:36 point

I'd love to buy a prototype! Do you have a venmo/paypal? 

If not, can you send me your design, and I can assemble it 

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perlinwarp wrote 02/04/2021 at 09:57 point

Made an account just to say this is really cool!

I'm a data scientist but would love to make one, can we get the details?

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Sasja Vandendriessche wrote 12/31/2020 at 10:01 point

How's the project coming along?

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Gitnock wrote 03/22/2020 at 10:12 point

how much would the finished build cost?

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wolfgangouille wrote 03/22/2020 at 22:08 point

Well, depends what the finished product is ! Right now a full prototype costs about $500 in materials. We want this to remain accessible to hobbyists so we are working on making this cheaper.

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Gitnock wrote 03/22/2020 at 22:38 point

Thanks so much for the reply.  \(◎o◎)/   am super excited for a time I could get my hands on this.  good luck

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Drew Pilcher wrote 03/21/2020 at 08:50 point

Extremely cool, but you should share your design.

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wolfgangouille wrote 03/21/2020 at 18:29 point

Yes, we are making it a bit more easy to assemble for the layman first :)

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