Water­loo has its own wear­ables fac­tory

Toronto Life - - This City -

I n an old wood­work­ing ware­house in Water­loo, the wear­ables of the fu­ture are be­com­ing a re­al­ity. It’s home to Thalmic Labs, the com­pany known for the Myo arm­band, which al­lows users to con­trol an ar­ray of de­vices with a flick of the wrist— Pow­erPoint slides, lights in a DJ set, even a pros­thetic hand. Last year, Thalmic got $120 mil­lion (U.S.) from Ama­zon and In­tel to de­velop a new in­ter­face for wear­able tech­nol­ogy that would ri­val iOS. The space buzzes with the thrill of in­no­va­tion as jump­suited en­gi­neers work to in­vent not only next-level wear­ables, but also the ma­chines re­quired to man­u­fac­ture them. If there were ever a place to build self-lac­ing sneak­ers, this would be it.

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