|The suit that turns your body into a drone controller|
A team at a Swiss University have developed a wearable device capable of controlling drones but also giving the user a feeling that they themselves are in flight.
The device, called the FlyJacket, was developed by a team École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. It is a sort of exoskeleton which uses motion-tracking devices to monitor body movements and is coupled with goggles to give users a first-person-view from the drone’s perspective. It also has supports to make sure your arms don’t get too tired.
While wearing FlyJacket you can pitch and roll your body and whichever drone you have synced will respond to your movements. Best of all, you will definitely not look silly while using it (see video below).
The researchers behind the technology said of their gadget:
“Wearable interfaces could enable a more natural and intuitive control of drones, which would make this technology accessible to a larger population of users.”