Here’s news on both the 3D Printing and Drone front. A 3D Printed Sensor will allow you to control a flying drone with your hand motions alone.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have developed a new device that lets you control a drone with simple hand gestures. Designed to be easy and intuitive, the new Empa innovation works through 3D printing and original sensor technology: a wave to the left, and the drove moves to the left; a wave to the right, the drone moves to the right.
While a straightforward concept, the development process was far from simple. Headed by Frank Clemens from Empa’s Laboratory for High-Performance Ceramics, the sensor is made of piezo-resistive fibers incorporated into a wristband that registers the hand’s movements. The electroconductive piezo-resistive fiber recognizes a change in shape and converts this motion into an electrical signal, which can then be read by a terminal device and interpreted accordingly. In other words, drones and other robotic devices can be moved with basic motions such as the point of a finger.
While motion sensors have been around for many years, the Empa version takes this classic technology in a fundamentally different direction. Up until now, movements were typically recorded through visual sensors, such as cameras, as well as accelerometers and gyroscopes, in the case of rotational movements. The trick is that this way of recording movement generally requires big, clear motions within a specific speed range – motions that are by and large unnatural for humans. The new Empa sensor, however, responds to even the smallest natural movement, even when made “off the cuff.”
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have developed a device that lets you control drones with simple hand gestures. The innovation works through 3D printing and original sensor technology: a wave to the left, the drove moves to the left; a wave t…