View your Favourites

FlyJacket: a wearable drone controller

A team of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have created a sensor-rigged jacket that allows its wearers to fly a drone without the use of a traditional controller.

To figure out how people wanted to move their bodies if they were controlling a drone, the team studies the movements of 17 volunteers using a set of 19 motion-capture markers and electrodes on the upper body. Participants then donned a VR headset to see through the eyes of a drone.

The outcome is a high tech jacket that allows users to move their arms and torso to navigate the flight path of a drone. The researcher found that volunteers wearing the suit did a better job of flying the drone than participants using a joystick controller.