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FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

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Controlling an aerial drone with the FlyJacket system.

The FlyJacket system, developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, allows wearers to control drones via body movement.

Credit: Laboratory of Intelligent Systems/EPFL

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) has developed an intuitive and wearable drone control system featuring a soft upper-body exoskeleton.

Users can utilize the system, called FlyJacket, to pilot a fixed-wing drone via embodiment, using their body movements to direct the drone while engaged in immersive virtual reality (VR).

Sensors in the FlyJacket detect body motion, and translate bending forwards and backwards into drone pitch, and bending sideways into drone roll.

The EPFL researchers determined users can fly drones more consistently with the exosuit than they can with a traditional controller; they also felt less VR-induced motion sickness.

From IEEE Spectrum
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